China to Help Pak in Launching First Satellite

Reinforcing its bilateral ties further, China has said that it would extend financial assistance to Pakistan for launch of its first satellite.

In a press conference in Islamabad, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Lou Zhaohui said that China is prepared to provide all sort of assistance to Pakistan in its space mission, and for the purpose, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be inked next week.

Chinese President Hu Jintao would meet his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in New York later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, said Zhaohui, adding that the meeting would centre on strengthening bilateral ties of the two countries.

“The focus would be on a wide range of regional and international issues, but of course the emphasis would be on bilateral relations. The interaction will further deepen friendship with China,” ‘The Dawn’ quoted Zhaohui, as saying.

During Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to China, he received an extra ordinary welcome in Beijing that no other leader of any state enjoys during his visit to the communist country, which indicates he shares a special relationship with the communist country.

Zardari received an unprecedented protocol and Beijing also acknowledged that no head of state is ever given such a protocol if he is on a working visit to cities other than Beijing.

“This is rare. When dignitaries from other countries are there in Chinese provinces, they are received by an official of the Chinese foreign ministry. No one outside Beijing gets protocol which President Zardari receives during his working visits,” Chinese ambassador to Islamabad Lou Zhaohui said.

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