By Abdul Moeed
ISLAMABAD - A business delegation from China led by H.E. Mr. Akbar Gupur, commissioner of Kashgar Prefectural Administration, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomus Region, China visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) and invited businessmen to participate in the 7th China (Kashgar) Central & South Asian Kashgar Fair, scheduled to be held from June 28 to July 02, 2011 at the International Exhibition Centre, Kashgar.
He said that China and Pakistan have unique friendly and time-tested relations which were further strengthening with the passage of time while establishing a long term strategic relationship with Pakistan was on top priorities of China. He invited Pakistani businessmen to increasingly participate in Kashgar and other trade fairs held in China from time to time for exploring new opportunities of enhancing bilateral trade and investment.
H.E. Akbar Gupur said that Kashgar has unique geographical location and considered to be the hub of trade. He said that it has long history of Arab culture and developing social society.
In his welcome address, Mahfooz Elahi, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that China was Pakistan's strategic partner and our relations were based on mutual trust and unanimity of views on important regional and international issues. These close relations were strongly supplemented and supported by the people and businessmen of both the countries and the friendly cooperation between Pakistan and China was a model of good neighborly relations based on the principles of peaceful co-existence, he added.
On the occasion, Raza Khan, Former President ICCI and Chairman Coordination FPCCI said that Pakistan and China have enjoyed infinite friendship and Pakistan was always keen to widen and deepen its relations with China in all areas particularly in economic sphere. People and the business community of Pakistan have great respect and regard for the Chinese nation, which has always stood with Pakistan at all difficult times, he added.