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Pakistani prime minister and Chinese ambassador to Pakistan inaugurated in Islamabad Monday the China Culture Week as a part of the high-profile events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Addressing a China culture show, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the relations between Pakistan and China cover all spectrums including political, strategic, defense, cultural, economic and trade areas.

Gilani said the two countries have worked steadfastly to build this ideal relationship during the last six decades. He said both the countries would continue their endeavors for peace and prosperity in the world and the region.

The prime minister congratulated the government and the people of China on behalf of the people of Pakistan on celebrating the 60th anniversary cultural week.

Chinese Ambassador Lou Zhaohui said that China greatly values its deep rooted friendship with Pakistan, stressing that the friendship is all weather and in all dimensions of life.

Chinese artists staged wonderful performances including Chinese acrobats, folk tune, songs and magic show. A large number of audiences witnessed the thrilling shows and showed great interest in the Chinese culture.

Earlier, the prime minister and the Chinese ambassador inaugurated a photographic exhibition to depict various stages of development and culture of China, featuring the Sino-Pak relations, a kaleidoscope of China and Chinese marital customs.

After touring around the three sections of the exhibition, Gilani left a message on the visitors' book saying that Pakistan greatly values its friendship with China.

The China Cultural Week, jointly organized by the Pakistani Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, will be held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts since Monday.

Besides the culture show and the photographic exhibition, the China Culture Week will also showcase Chinese documentaries and Chinese films.

(Xinhua News Agency September 29, 2009)

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