November 2003 News

Musharraf Links Kashmir With Palestine

2 November 2003
The Pakistan Tribune

Beijing: Amid fresh peace bid, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Sunday comparing Kashmir issue with the Palestine issue called India to hold sustainable dialogue for lasting peace in the region. 'Macro economic scenarios cannot be divorced from political realities in different parts of the world. Of utmost concern is the globalisation of terror, unresolved crises in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Korean peninsula as well as the long-standing conflict of occupation of Palestine and Kashmir,' Musharraf said in his keynote address at the plenary session of the second annual meeting of BFA which opened in Boao city in South China's island province of Hainan. Addressing an august audience that included Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Musharraf, attired in a dark suit, said the 'demonisation' of Islam and the widening of the perceptional gap between Muslim countries and the west have also contributed to 'regressive economic trends'. Meanwhile Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday at the second annual conference of Boao Forum for Asia that China's reform, opening-up and further economic development will surely bring more development opportunities and tangible benefits to other Asian countries. 'We will stick to our opening-up policy, honor our WTO commitment, make our market more accessible with improved investment environment in general and better business conditions for Asian and other entrepreneurs in particular,' Wen said. China will encourage its enterprises of various types of ownership to invest overseas in implementing the country's 'go global' strategy, he added. The first twenty years of this century represent a crucial stage of China's development, a stage of building a well-off society in an all-round way. 'While firmly taking economic development as our central task and striving for greater scope and quality of economic growth, China will properly balance economic development with social development with a view to achieving a comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable progress in the country,' the premier said. He said China will press ahead reform at all fronts, improve its socialist market economic system and constantly add new impetus to the country's economic and social development. The sustained and rapid growth of the Chinese economy has not only benefited the Chinese people, but also made the people in the rest of Asia and other parts of the world more prosperous, Wen said. Musharraf meets Chinese president today BEIJING: President General Pervez Musharraf will arrive here today and meet his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao to exchange views in depth on regional, international issues and matters of mutual interests. This will be the first meeting between Pakistan and new leadership of China. Foreign Office spokesman, Masood Khan terming the meeting of paramount significance said that visit will add new dimensions to the bilateral relations. Talking to French News agency, he said this is the first meeting of Pakistani leadership with the fourth generation of China. Both Pakistan and China will benefit equally from the meeting between presidents of both the countries. A spokesman of China embassy describing the meeting very important has expressed hope that as the result of this meeting both the countries will be able to forge consensus on the promotion of economic ties between them. President invited to address at World Economic Forum The president General Pervez Musharraf has been invited for his special address at the World Economic Forum to be held in Davis, Switzerland next year. The World Economic Forum president Class Swass in his meeting with General Pervez Musharraf in Beijing lauded Pakistani government's ongoing economic policies and said that present government's fiscal programmes paved the way for economic uplift in the country. 'During the meeting, Mr. Swass appreciated the environment on Pakistan's economic front, which helped investors to find new opportunities and vistas for put in their money into various robust sectors on economy', says a TV report. During the Asian Economic Conference in Beijing, amongst other world leaders the Singaporean Premier Gochak Tang and former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hock also called on the Pakistani president and exchanged the wide-ranging issue especially ways and means to further boost bilateral trade between the two sides.


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