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Pak, China to discuss defence, trade

Pakistan and China are expected to explore opportunities to step up cooperation in the fields of defence, investment and trade, and coordinate their positions on UN reform and climate change as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani arrives in Beijing on a four-day visit.

world Updated: Oct 11, 2009 22:38 IST

Pakistan and China are expected to explore opportunities to step up cooperation in the fields of defence, investment and trade, and coordinate their positions on UN reform and climate change as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani arrives in Beijing on a four-day visit.

Gilani will arrive in Beijing on Monday primarily to attend the Oct 14 meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), on which Pakistan is an observer state, and will also hold talks with China's top leadership, Masood Khan, Pakistan's Ambassador to China told a press conference in Beijing.

During Gilani's meetings with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, the two sides will explore opportunities to strengthen their strategic cooperation in trade, defence and energy sectors, among other things, he said.

He said Pakistan and China would also examine ways to minimise the adverse impact of the international financial crisis and would coordinate their positions on UN reform, climate change and international trade, according to APP.

The SCO is a regional grouping with China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan as members and Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia as observers.

"We would very much like to be a full member," he said.

Khan said that Gilani's participation will give him an opportunity to share the challenges Pakistan is facing in countering militancy and terrorism and in bringing stability to the region.