PRESS RELEASE: 17 April 2013
H. E. Liu Jian, Ambassador of China inaugurated the China Hall established at the newly-founded Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad this afternoon. Dr Shireen Mazari, Director General and Mr Fazal ur Rehman Director welcomed the Chinese ambassador and Dr Mazari thanked the Chinese Ambassador for his gift of books and the Conference system for the SSII. Mr Inamul Haque recounted the expanding ties between Pakistan and China and the Ambassador’s major contributions in this regard.
The Chinese Ambassador, laid out the priorities of the Chinese government, in what was his last public address in Pakistan before he leaves. He gave details of the new Chinese leadership’s vision of “China’s Dream” – which was to see a modern China based on China’s way of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
He pointed to China’s goals for modernization of Chinese urban and rural societies by 2020, and to establish a model society by 2049. China endorsed the scientific principle of development with greater focus on putting people first through social fairness and justice.
In terms of the Pakistan-China relationship which was a strategic partnership he highlighted the growing cooperation between the two countries on several fronts including counter terrorism and on international issues in the UN and regional forums. He reiterated China’s commitment to Pakistan as it seeks solutions and policies based on national needs and conditions. He said China will always stand by Pakistan.
The Ambassador also spoke of cooperation with Pakistan at four levels: Political front, economic front, security front and cultural front. He concluded by saying that Pakistan and China’s dreams can both be realized.
Following is the text of H. E. Liu Jian speech at the institute:
“Honorable Director General Dr. Shireen Mazari,
Honorable Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr. Inam-ul-Haq,
Let me begin by saying how delighted I am to visit the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad. I have met and talked with some of you. During the face-to-face meeting and exchanges of views, I could feel your abiding commitments to China-Pakistan friendship, and your great expectations for consolidating and furthering our relationship.
Today, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of my observations on two issues. One is the new blueprint for China’s future development, and the other is our bilateral relations.
As we know, the Chinese Communist Party and the National People’s Congress elected the new leadership, and came up with a blueprint for China’s future development. To my understanding, the new blueprint contains the following four important elements:
First, it highlighted the pursuit of “Chinese Dream”, based on Chinese reality and future vision. The Chinese dream of great rejuvenation of our nation is a dream of the whole nation, as well as of every individual. China must take the “Chinese way”, the way of socialism with Chinese characteristics, foster the “Chinese spirit” which features patriotism, and unite the people as a form of “Chinese strength” to realize the dream.
Then what is more about the Chinese dream? We have set up two goals. One is that by the year 2020, during the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Communist Party, we will complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects. China’s GDP and per capita income for both urban and rural residents will double that of 2010. Second, by the year 2049, during the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, we will build China into a modern country or developed country. This is a clear-out commitment to improve people’s wellbeing. As President Xi Jinping said, “Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions and a better environment. They want their children to be blessed with sound growth, have good jobs and lead a more enjoyable life. To meet their desire for a happy life is our mission.”
Second, it endorsed the guiding principle of Scientific Development. This means that China’s growth model will continue to shift towards quality, towards putting people first, and will be more balanced, coordinated and sustainable. This new model aims for greater social fairness and justice, more equitable income distribution system so that all the people can share the fruits of development.
Third, it emphasized further deepening of reform and opening up. As Premier Li Keqiang said, “Reform will remain the biggest bonus in China’s future development.”The priorities for economic reform include: to balance the role of government and market and let market play a bigger role in allocating resources; to ensure that economic entities under all forms of ownership have equal access to factors of production in accordance with the law, compete on a level playing field and are protected by the law as equals; to continue adjusting the economic structure that boosts domestic demand and expands the domestic markets, and to promote greater openness in the economy. The priorities for political structure reform include: to improve the system of socialist consultative democracy, community-level democracy, to promote law-based governance of the country and to improve the checks and oversight over exercise of power.
Finally, it reaffirmed the commitment to peaceful development. China will develop itself by securing a peaceful international environment and promote world peace through its own development. China will pursue an independent foreign policy of peace and uphold a win-win strategy through opening up and cooperation to benefit all. China is committed to growing friendship and cooperation with other countries. China will continue to work jointly with other countries to meet global challenges. China will continue to promote the friendship and partnership with our neighbors, consolidate friendly relations, deepen mutually-beneficial cooperation and ensure that China’s development will bring more benefits to our neighbors.
Just at last month, China welcomed its new leadership and marched forward to realize the Chinese dream. Now, Pakistani people are anticipating your upcoming general election. We expect that your new government can also map out a Pakistani dream, a dream suited to your own situation, and make efforts to make it come true.
Now, let me say a few words about our bilateral relations. I have worked here for three years. In the past three years, there are many diplomatic historical events worth recording. Every passing season witnessed the deep emotion between China and Pakistan. I believe we have every reason to be proud of what we have accomplished together in the past 60 years.
The leaders of our two countries set the right course for the development of China-Pakistan relationship, dating back to the early days of the establishment of our diplomatic ties, given the fundamental interests of our peoples and despite our ideological difference. Over the past 60 years, thanks to the personal care and attention of successive generations of Chinese and Pakistani leaders, our two countries have withstood various vicissitudes and reached a high degree of strategic trust. We have always stood side by side and offered sincere assistance to each other. Today the China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership, marked by all-weather friendship and all-round cooperation, has become an example for harmonious coexistence and friendly cooperation between countries with different social systems.
China-Pakistan friendship has been tested and enriched by the passing time. It not only means a friendly relationship between two countries, but has gone into the blood of our 1.5 billion people and become our firm conviction as well. Here in Pakistan, I keep hearing people saying “Pak-Chin dostizandabad”(Urdu for ‘Long live Pakistan-China friendship!’) Back to China, people call Pakistanis our “iron-core friends”. The deep emotion and strong support of our people is a valuable asset of China-Pakistan relations, which need to be cherished and handed down from generation to generation.
Our friendship has shown enormous vigor and vitality, adhering to the following principles in developing our relations. First, Chinese and Pakistani leaders have always approached our relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective. Second, our two countries have abided by the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, respected each other’s choice of development path suited to our respective national conditions, and rendered support to each other on issues bearing on our core interest. Third, our two countries have carried out fruitful practical cooperation. Fourth, our two countries have closely coordinated and cooperated with each other on international and regional affairs, firmly upheld the common interests of our two countries and other developing countries, and endeavored to maintain regional and international stability.
No matter how the international, regional or our domestic situations may change, China and Pakistan should adhere to these principles and be firmly committed to maintaining and carrying forward our strategic cooperative partnership. This is conducive not only to the fundamental interests of our two peoples, but also to regional and global peace, stability and development.
The world has entered the second decade of the new century and both the international and regional situations are undergoing complex and profound changes. With growing interdependence and interconnected interests, countries of the world are moving towards a “community of common destinies”. Peace, development and cooperation represent the overall trend of our time. The Asia-Pacific region where our two countries located is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, yet it is also a place where tensions and conflicts of various types keep emerging. Countries in the region face both rare historical opportunities and multi-faced challenges and risks. Under this new situation, China and Pakistan need to work closely together to seize opportunities and meet challenges. We should focus on developing economy and improving people’s well-being. For us, this is the most important and pressing task far us.
We must adapt ourselves to the changing environment and bear in mind the common interests in pushing forward our cooperation in all domains. In this way, we will better meet the expectations of our people and contribute to peace, stability and development of our two countries and the entire region.
On the political front, we should maintain high-level exchanges and continue to support and help each other on the issues that involve each other’s major interests. We should support each other in resisting foreign interference, upholding independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and fostering a sound external environment. We need to enhance contacts between political parties, parliaments and local governments and share experience in governance in order to deepen and broaden our political relations.
On the economic front, we should fully unleash the potential of our business cooperation and make the FTA an every bigger success. China will continue to provide sincere and selfless help to Pakistan for its economic and social development. We will enhance cooperation with Pakistan in energy, infrastructure and agriculture on a priority basis, intensify exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in finance, science, technology and aerospace, help Pakistan raise its capacity for self-development and launch more strategic cooperation projects.
On the security front, both China and Pakistan face the threat of terrorism, separatism and extremism. We must step up counter-terrorism and security cooperation and jointly fight the above “three forces”. China will as always, firmly support Pakistan in formulating and implementing a counter-terrorism strategy that fits Pakistan’s national conditions and help Pakistan bolster capacity in combating terrorism. China maintains that Pakistan has made important contribution to the international campaign against terrorism and made tremendous sacrifice in this regard. The fight against terrorism requires common efforts and sincere cooperation of the entire international community. In fighting terrorism both its symptoms and fundamental causes should be addressed in order to eliminate the breeding ground for terrorism.
On the cultural front, we should increase people-to-people exchanges and promote deep understanding between our two countries, with media, think tanks and academies playing a bigger role. We encourage the young people to engage more deeply with each other and play their role in pushing forward the worthy cause of China-Pakistan friendship.
On the international and regional front, we should take advantage of our frequent exchanges at the top and other levels to have timely and in-depth discussions on strategic and hotspot issues of common concern. We should engage in effective cooperation and coordination in the United Nations and other international and regional organizations to uphold our common interests.
Over the past 30 years and more, China has followed a development path in accordance with its own conditions and scored remarkable achievements. We owe these achievements to the strenuous efforts of the Chinese people and also to the support of Pakistan and other friendly countries. As Pakistan’s strategic partner and good neighbor, China will, while pursuing its own development, get more actively involved in Pakistan’s economic and social development and bring the benefits of China-Pakistan friendly cooperation to more people in both countries.
Time flies. I have been in Pakistan for three years now and have reached the end of my term of office. In the past three years, I have spent wonderful time here, enjoying the beautiful scenery and hospitality of the people. I have met a lot of people and made a lot of friends and felt their friendly feelings towards China. I treasure the working experiences and friendship with you very much, and extend nay sincere gratitude to you, for the unremitting efforts to cultivate China-Pakistan friendship. I am convinced that, with joint efforts, our all-weather strategic cooperative partnership will continue to advance and embrace a brighter future.
May China-Pakistan friendship last forever!