Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bilateral Relations: Pakistan, China sign accords on economic, maritime cooperation

Source: IRNA

Islamabad, May 22, IRNA: Pakistan and China Wednesday signed several Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for long-term Economic Corridor plan, maritime cooperation and satellite navigation.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the signing ceremony as the representatives of the two countries inked the documents at a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

These include the agreement on system of border check posts‚ and memoranda of understanding on economic and technical cooperation‚ cooperation in Oceanography and Technology‚ setting up of earthquake warning centers‚ cooperation in maritime traffic management between the countries and purchase of blister.

The MoU on Maritime Cooperation between the two governments, an Agreement on Boundary Management System between Chinaˈs Xinjiang and Pakistanˈs Gilgit-Baltistan area, and another Agreement on Border Ports and their Management System was signed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistanˈs Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani.

The MoU on cooperation for long-term plan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor between the two governments was inked by Xu Shao Shi, Chairman National Development and Reform Commission, China and Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Chinaˈs Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng and Pakistanˈs Secretary Economic Affairs Division Shahzad Arbab signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation and the handing over certificate of Seismographic Network.

The MoU on cooperation in the field of marine science and technology between the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan was signed by Administrator SOA and Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar.

The Agreement between China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission for Cooperation (SUPARCO) was inked by Director CSNO, Ran Chengqi and Major General (r) Ahmed Bilal.