Big Talk

China-Pakistan relations: Military cooperation is only one facet

Updated: 2010-12-02 16:10

By Feng Xin, Quan Li and Zhang Xiao (

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Shaukat Aziz, the former prime minister of Pakistan, once gave up his multi-million-dollar salary for one dollar. He worked at Citibank for 30 years from 1969 to 1999 around many parts of the world. He also served as the executive vice president of the bank.

But one day in October 1999, he got a phone call from the then-Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. The former president asked Aziz if he would like to join his team. Aziz considered for a few days and brought up one condition: He wanted one dollar for his salary.

Aziz became the Finance Minister of Pakistan in 1999 and Prime Minister in 2004. During his terms, Pakistan’s economy made significant recovery and growth.

In Big Talk, China Daily Multimedia had an exclusive opportunity to sit down with Shaukat Aziz.


Reporter: Quan Li and Feng Xin

Photographer: Zhang Xiao


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