Li Keqiang Meets Respectively with Italian Prime Minister Monti, Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Masimov
On April 1, 2012, Vice Premier Li Keqiang met respectively with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Masimov in Boao, Hainan on the sidelines of the 2012 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference.
During his meeting with Monti, Li said in recent years both sides have maintained frequent high-level visits, shown mutual understanding and support for each other's major concerns and coordinated closely in major international and regional issues. Bilateral pragmatic cooperation on trade, culture and other fields has made substantial progress. He expressed willingness to continue visits and exchanges of all levels with Italy and enhance understanding and friendship between both sides. He added that China will continue to support Italy and the European Union (EU) to deal with its debt crisis through effective cooperation. China is Italy's largest trading partner in Asia, and both sides should conduct more cooperation in technology and environmental protection and expand two-way investment in industries and finance based on their respective advantages and characteristics. Italy is a major country in Europe. Its cooperation with China is of great importance to promoting Asia-Europe and China-Europe relations. Li also called on the Italian side to help promote the China-Europe relationship.
Monti said with the joint efforts of both sides, mutual understanding and cooperation between both countries have been deepening. He hoped the two sides would further increase bilateral trade and investment and enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples. He pledged that Italy would play a positive role in deepening China-Europe relations. He also voiced appreciation for China's assistance for Italy and other EU countries in dealing with debt crisis, and called for more assistance from China and other Asian countries so as to strengthen the confidence of the Italian people and the world.
When meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani, Li hailed the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries, saying the two sides always trust and treat each other with respect and support each other's core interests and major concerns. China is unswervingly committed to developing bilateral ties with Pakistan, and steadily supports Pakistan's efforts to safeguard independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, to develop foreign relations on the basis of mutual respect and equality, to promote economic development and to improve people's livelihoods, Li said. He added China was ready to keep high-level communication with Pakistan, strengthen bilateral strategic coordination, deepen cultural exchanges and expand cooperation on anti-terrorism, so as to push forward their strategic cooperative partnership and carry forward the friendship from generation to generation. China-Pakistan pragmatic cooperation covers wide-ranging areas, involves a large number of projects and has huge potential. Li also called on the two countries to strengthen trade cooperation to bring benefit to both peoples and lay foundations for a long-term development of the ties.
Gilani said Pakistan-China friendship was forged by generations of leaders of the two countries. The relations had stood the test of time and were supported by the two peoples. Pakistan is committed to continuously improving the strategic significance of bilateral relations and is ready to further strengthen trade cooperation, cultural exchanges and party-to-party relations with China. He also stressed Pakistan's firm support for China's position on issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang, and vowed to continue protecting China's organizations and people in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Masimov, Li said both countries, as comprehensive strategic partners, enjoy a high degree of mutual trust in politics, fruitful cooperation on economy and culture, firm mutual support on major issues concerning each other's core interests and close coordination in international affairs. Li described bilateral ties as "standing at a new starting point" as this year marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the two countries have just established a regular meeting mechanism between the prime ministers. China is willing to make joint efforts with Kazakhstan to grasp the opportunity to implement consensus reached by the two prime ministers in their meeting and strengthen cooperation with member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and their neighboring countries, Li said. With geographical proximity and economic complementarity, both sides have favorable conditions and huge prospects for cooperation. He also called on the two countries to cooperate more in areas including energy, resources, transportation, water conservancy, finance, technology and agriculture. Both sides should constantly open up new areas of cooperation and create new modes of cooperation to better benefit the two peoples.
Masimov congratulated China on its achievements in social and economic development, and praised the annual session of the BFA as injecting vitality to the development of the world economy. He said Kazakhstan-China relations have been developing smoothly. Kazakhstan will seriously implement the two prime ministers' consensus and deepen cooperation with China in trade and finance through SCO mechanisms. He also pledged close communication with China on regional and global economic and financial situations.