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Pakistan & China celebrate 70 Years of diplomatic ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani President Arif Alvi on Friday exchanged congratulatory messages on 70 years of diplomatic ties, highlighting mutual trust and support with all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, and a series of activities were held to celebrate the friendship that has withstood difficult times, including the pandemic.

The top leaders expressed their wish to deepen cooperation and push forward the high-quality operation of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also exchanged messages with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, where Li reiterated China giving priority to Pakistan in diplomacy.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged messages with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a routine press conference.

“Chin-Pakistan Dosti Zindabad!” Zhao said in the Urdu language in wishing long-lasting China-Pakistan friendship at the press conference.

Zhao had worked in the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan for more than eight years before being appointed as Foreign Ministry spokesperson in February 2020.

On May 21, 2020, Zhao was also the ministry spokesperson of the day. Zhao expressed congratulations to the deep bilateral friendship and bonds and mentioned when he left the embassy, “Pakistan has stolen my heart.”

A song inspired by Zhao’s remarks was produced and released on Friday, which is named “Pakistan has stolen my heart.” The song, which focused on deep friendship between the two peoples and their love for their countries, went viral on social media across China and Pakistan.

To celebrate the anniversary, China Post and Pakistan Post jointly designed and issued a special set of stamps.

The two stamps feature the sister ports of Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province and Zhuhai in South China’s Guangdong Province.  The two ports mirrored the cooperation of the two countries under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque and other senior diplomats from the embassy attended the ceremony in Beijing.

Haque said the stamps are an invaluable chronicle of the seven splendid decades of the unique and ironclad friendship.

The ambassador had a tight schedule on the anniversary, as he also attended a livestreaming activity held by video platform Kuaishou. In the livestreaming, the ambassador recalled how late Premier Zhou Enlai was well known to every child, including himself.

Haque recognized his work as important and challenging as he bears the responsibility to pass on the friendship that has been inherited for generations.

The ambassador also shared how he was impressed by Wuhan, which emerged from the COVID-19 outbreak with people’s resilience, patience and discipline. Haque had also been to Xinjiang, a place he saw diversity, beauty, development and children bearing hopes and aspirations.

According to Zhao, 120 activities in diplomatic, economic and cultural areas will be held in the year marking 70 years of friendship. 

Imran, Li reiterate stronger Pak-China ties

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang have written letters to each other to mark 70 years of Pakistan-China friendship and vowed to further strengthen ties between the two states.

They further vowed to cooperate with each other in the fight against Covid-19 and complete the much ambitious Chine-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) despite “adverse background”.

“On behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, as well as on my own behalf, I wished to extend my heartiest felicitations to you on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan.

“21st May 1951, the day when our relations were formally established, has been a watershed moment in our history. Our two people and successive leaderships and governments have made indefatigable efforts to foster, cement, and strengthen our ties. Our time-tested relationship is built around lasting values of mutual respect, mutual trust, and mutual understanding,” Mr Khan said in his letter to the Chinese premier.

According to the PM Office, Prime Minister Khan said the two governments were closely coordinating with each other in celebrating the friendship this year in a befitting manner, enabling their people to truly understand the depth, breadth and vitality of Pakistan-China ties.

“Excellency, we are immensely grateful to China for the invaluable support it extended to us to fight Covid-19 since its outbreak in December 2019. The vaccine and the equipment provided by China to contain the pandemic played a crucial role in saving precious human lives in Pakistan. We will continue to support China’s efforts to combat the pandemic both at regional and global level,” he said.

Prime Minister Khan said his government was firmly committed to the expeditious completion of CPEC projects which would open up tremendous opportunities for growth and development in the region. “I am confident that under your leadership our ‘All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partner­ship’ will further strengthen and flourish creating a bri­ghter and promising future for our people,” he said.

According to the PM Office, the Chinese prime minister in his letter to PM Khan said China and Pakistan were friendly neighbours linked by mountains and waters.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, both countries have enjoyed firm political mutual trust, close economic cooperation and ever-increasing people-to-people friendship.

“In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, China and Pakistan have helped each other overcome difficulties, and achieved new progress for the development of the CPEC against the adverse backdrop. The facts fully demonstrate that there are broad prospects for China and Pakistan to build an even closer community with a shared future in the new era, and will surely bring greater benefits to our two countries and peoples,” he added.

Mr Li said China had been consistent to prioritise Pakistan in its foreign policy, and was willing to make joint efforts with Pakistan, to develop the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership to a higher level over the next 70 years. “May I wish Pakistan prosperity and her people happiness. May the friendship between China and Pakistan last forever,” he added.

Alvi, Xi vow to deepen Pak-China ties, achieve high quality CPEC development

As Pakistan and China observe the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, President Dr Arif Alvi and Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to deepen bilateral cooperation and achieve high quality development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Both leaders exchanged congratulatory letters to each other extending greetings to each other on behalf of their respective governments and people.

“On this historic occasion, we reaffirm our commitment to further elevate Pakistan-China friendship to new heights and build Closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the new era,” President Alvi said in his letter to President Xi Jinping.

He conveyed his best wishes for the Chinese president’s good health and happiness, and continued progress and prosperity of the people of China.

In his letter, Xi Jinping said China and Pakistan were all-weather strategic cooperative partners that stood firmly by each other on issues of core interests and major concerns.

“The mutual trust and friendship between the two countries has gone through the test of 70 years of international changes and remains rock-solid, and has become the most valuable strategic asset of the two peoples,” he stated.

He said in recent years, with the joint efforts of both sides, the construction of CPEC had achieved remarkable results, bringing tangible benefits to the people of both countries, and adding strong impetus to regional prosperity.

“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Pakistan have shared weal and woe, and sincerely helped each other, and the ironclad friendship between the two countries has been further sublimated,” President Xi said.

He said he attached great importance to the development of China-Pakistan relations.

“I am ready to work with Your Excellency to deepen strategic communication and pragmatic cooperation between the two countries, promote the high-quality development of the CPEC, and work together to build a closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the new era, for the benefit of the two countries and the two peoples,” he remarked.

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