Pakistan firmly upholds one-China principle: President

Zardari forms committee for talks with electables

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (DNA): President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated Pakistan’s firm support for the one-China principle. He stated that Pakistan always chooses to stand on the right side of history.

“Pakistani people love China as there is no conditionality between us,” said President Zardari.

He made these remarks in an interview with Chinese media published on Wednesday.

The interview marked the 73rd anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan.

This was President Zardari’s first interaction with foreign media after being re-elected in March.

Recalling past leaders’ rapport, Zardari mentioned his late father-in-law, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

“Bhutto told the nation to look East, to look towards China,” Zardari said.

During his first term, President Zardari visited China nine times.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s stance against any form of “Taiwan independence.”

“Taiwan is part of China. There’s no other way,” Zardari stated.

Pakistan will always stand with China and safeguard China’s core interests.

Zardari also commented on the development of Gwadar Port.

He noted significant progress at Gwadar Port since the launch of CPEC 11 years ago.

The Port welcomes investors from all over the world, Zardari said.

He mentioned Pakistan’s encouragement for more schools to adopt Chinese language into their curriculum.

Zardari emphasized the importance of strengthening people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

He called for more policies to facilitate movement between Pakistan and China.

Appreciating China’s achievements, Zardari highlighted the importance of policy continuation.

He expressed Pakistan’s hope to be more involved in China’s development process.