BEIJING (APP) - Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khan said here on Monday that in the area of civil nuclear energy, Pakistan and China had a long-standing and long-term cooperation. The Ambassador was addressing a press conference regarding the upcoming visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to China that will start from today. Responding to a question, Ambassador Khan said, We have been cooperating in the past and we will continue to do so in future referring to Pakistan-China civil nuclear cooperation. Our cooperation is transparent. These projects will be under IAEA safeguard, he asserted. Pakistani envoy said that President Zardari would visit Beijing and Shanghai from July 6-10. Ambassador Khan said the objective of the visit was to strengthen strategic partnership, promote economic and trade cooperation and enhance cultural ties between Pakistan and China. Pakistan and China enjoy all weather and time-test friendship. During President Zardaris visit, our two countries will make determined efforts to take the relationship to new heights, Ambassador Khan said. Pakistan and China will intensify their joint efforts against terrorism, cooperate with each other to promote regional and international peace and stability and to maintain their solidarity in the international organisations and forums, he observed Ambassador said that since assuming the office of President in 2008, this was Presidents 5th visit to China that demonstrates how importance he attaches to the bonds of friendship with China. During the visit, President Zardari will meet his Chinese counterpart President Hu Jintao on July 7 and discuss wide ranging regional and international issues. President Hu will also host a banquet in his honour. The President will also have meetings with Premier Wen Jiabao and Jia Qingling, Chairman of Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).Zardari would also hold meetings with Ministers of Agriculture and Water Resources. The purpose of these meetings is to learn from the Chinese experience about how to conserve and use water for agriculture, said Ambassador Khan adding that Water resources reserves are very important for us. Pakistan and EXIM Bank of China, Ambassador Khan said, have already agreed on a credit line for small and medium sized dams. He said that President Zardari would also reach out to the corporate sector. Chairman, Presidents and CEOs of leading finance and banking institutions, as well as energy, defense production, mining, oil and gas industry would meet the President. During the Presidents visit, two Forums one each at Beijing and Shanghai have also been organised. Giving details of these forums, Ambassador Khan said that the first one is to be held in Beijing and will focus on Pakistan-China Economic Cooperation and the second that will be organized in Shanghai on Alternate Energy. Over 40 top Chinese enterprises are going to participate in these forums, he added. The President would also be visiting Tsinghua University to inaugurate a photographic exhibition on Mohenjadaro and Gandhara Civilisation, while in Shanghai, Ambassador Khan said he would also visit Pakistan and Chinese Pavilions at Shanghai Expo. Highlighting economic cooperation between Pakistan and China, Ambassador Khan said that with a volume of US$ 7 billion at present, the trade was picking up momentum. Economic Cooperation is expanding in energy, mining, infrastructure, agriculture, construction, telecommunications, and port development sectors. He said that almost all the major Chinese entrepreneurs, including China Mobile, HUAWEI, ZTE, China Harbor, Sinohydro, CWE, Gezhouba, and many others were working in Pakistan. Meeting between the leadership of the two countries would give a fresh impetus to this cooperation, he noted. Replying to a question Ambassador Khan said that Thar coal project is taking shape with the assistance of Chinese cooperation and would help in mitigating energy crisis being faced by Pakistan. The leadership of both the sides will take further steps to increase exchanges between students, academics, researchers, parliamentarians, mediapersons, scientists and artists.