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President Xi Jinping Delivers Important Speech at Pakistan's Parliament Entitled "Building a China-Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny to Pursue Closer Win-Win Cooperation"

On April 21, 2015, President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at Pakistan’s Parliament entitled “Building a China-Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny to Pursue Closer Win-Win Cooperation”.

In the speech, Xi Jinping spoke highly of China-Pakistan all-weather friendship and all-round cooperation, and stressed that China and Pakistan should constantly enrich the connotation of China-Pakistan community of common destiny to play an exemplary role in forging an Asian community of common destiny. Xi Jinping introduced the philosophy of China’s peaceful development, elaborated on China’s good-neighborly and friendly policies to South Asia, and said that China is willing to enhance cooperation with South Asian countries to achieve mutually beneficial development and common prosperity.

Upon Xi Jinping’s arrival at the Parliament House, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani and Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of Pakistan and others welcomed Xi Jinping and then accompanied him to the lecture hall.

When Xi Jinping stepped into the lecture hall, the whole audience gave a standing ovation and welcomed the distinguished Chinese guest in a traditional way of lapping the table. On behalf of Pakistan’s Parliament, Chairman Raza Rabbani delivered an enthusiastic speech to warmly welcome Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan and delivery of speech at the Parliament in person, and highly praised the increasingly unwavering Pakistan-China friendship. Amidst the warm applause, Xi Jinping delivered the speech.

Xi Jinping pointed out that friendship between China and Pakistan is based on trust and mutual support, and we have been devoted friends through both good and hard times. Our friendship is a pacesetter for amicable relations between countries.

During my current visit, President Hussain, Prime Minister Sharif and I agreed to elevate China-Pakistan relations to an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership. This description of China-Pakistan partnership is a most appropriate one, as it aptly defines the all-weather friendship and all-round cooperation between China and Pakistan.

Xi Jinping stressed that Over 2,000 years ago, the Silk Road became a bridge of friendship linking our two ancient civilizations. In recent history, both China and Pakistan suffered from imperialist and colonialist aggression and oppression. Similar historical sufferings and the common struggle have brought our hearts and minds together. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, our two countries have forged an all-weather friendship and pursued all-round cooperation., and we have supported each other on issues crucial to our respective core interests. Having gone through weal and woe together, we couldn't feel more gratified to have each other as great neighbor and friend.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Pakistan both shoulder the historic mission of achieving national renewal and realizing the great dream of building a strong country and delivering a better life for our peoples. More than ever, we need to work together to strengthen the traditional friendship, fully leverage on geographic proximity and economic complementarity to share opportunities, meet challenges head on, pursue common development and substantiate the China-Pakistan community of shared destiny. This will enable us to create greater benefits to the Chinese and Pakistani peoples, contribute to stability and prosperity of our region and lead the way in building a community of common destiny in Asia.

First, we should strengthen mutual assistance and deepen strategic cooperation. We should keep the good tradition of frequent high-level visits and meetings, work together on major strategic issues, and each other on issues involving our respective core interests and major concerns.

Second, we should advance our shared interests and achieve common development. We should use China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to drive our practical cooperation with focus on Gwadar Port, energy, infrastructure development and industrial cooperation so that the fruits of its development will reach both all the people in Pakistan and the people of other countries in our region.

Third, we should enhance close exchanges to build lasting friendship. This year is the Year of China-Pakistan Friendly Exchanges. We should conduct diverse and colorful events of celebration and encourage more contacts and exchanges between young Chinese and Pakistanis. In the next five years, China will provide 2,000 training opportunities for Pakistan and train 1,000 Chinese language teachers for Pakistan.

Fourth, we should stick together in face of difficulty and jointly meet security challenges. China will work with Pakistan to tackle non-traditional security threats so as to provide a reliable security guarantee for bilateral economic cooperation and common development.

Fifth, we should fulfill our due responsibilities and increase coordination on international issues. We should maintain strategic communication on regional and international developments and increase coordination and collaboration on major regional and global issues. China will work with Pakistan to advance the reconciliation process and smooth transition in Afghanistan and work together to build a new type of international relations of win-win cooperation.

Xi Jinping stressed that The Chinese nation loves peace. China will continue to pursue win-win cooperation and enhance friendship and cooperation with other countries. It will stay committed to the policy of affinity, sincerity, mutual-benefit and inclusiveness. It will deepen win-win cooperation with its neighbors so as to deliver more benefits to them through its own development. China will continue to pursue a win-win strategy for opening-up to build an open economy. This will create new development opportunities and space to both Asia and the world. We will strengthen cooperation with countries along the land and maritime Silk Roads, so as to jointly build an open platform for cooperation and create new impetus to achieve sustainable development in the related regions.

Xi Jinping also stressed that to build a China-Pakistan community of shared destiny is a strategic decision made by our two governments and peoples. Let us work together to create an even brighter future for China and Pakistan.

During Xi Jinping’s speech, members of the Parliament lapped the tables and clapped for more than 50 times to express their agreement with and support for Xi Jinping’s speech. After the speech, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders of Pakistan’s Parliament made their speeches, in which they thanked Xi Jinping again and highly praised Pakistan-China friendship.

Prior to the speech, Xi Jinping attended the unveiling ceremony of the solar photovoltaic power project of the China-assisted Pakistan’s Parliament House.

President Xi Jinping’s wife Mme. Peng Liyuan along with Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and other officials also attended the above relevant activities.

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