ISLAMABAD: Chinese top leadership sent separate messages of warm greetings to their Pakistani counterparts on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, reiterating their strong resolve to take the friendship to new heights, taking full advantage of CPEC.
President Xi Jinping in his message to President Mamnoon Hussain said he would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people and also in my own behalf, extend warm congratulations and good wishes to the Pakistani Government and people as well as to you.
The message said, “China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners of cooperation. Over the past 65 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations, China-Pakistan relations have stood the tests of the changes of the international and domestic situations and made headway constantly. In recent years, China-Pakistan relations have maintained strong momentum of development. We have made positive progress in the all-round substantive cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between our two countries. China regards Pakistan as an important partner in promoting the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative.
The construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will lay a solid foundation for building China-Pakistan community of shared destiny. I attach great importance to the China-Pakistan relations, and stand ready to work with you to create a better future for the China-Pakistan relations.”
In a similar message to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, “Pakistan is good neighbor, close friend, trusted partner and dear brother of China. Over the past 65 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations, both China and Pakistan have always adhered to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, enjoyed political mutual trust, carried out mutually-beneficial economic cooperation as well as rendered each other with mutual understanding and support on issues related to core interests to each other.
China has always treated and developed the China-Pakistan relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective. China stands ready to work with Pakistan to expedite the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and constantly promote the development of the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.”
Chinese Foreign Minister in his congratulatory message to Sartaj Aziz said China has always taken Pakistan as the priority of its foreign policy. “I stand ready to work with Your Excellency to make unremitting efforts to promote the development of the closer all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong in his separate message on the occasion said the past 65 years have witnessed that China and Pakistan always extend sincere understanding, firm support and selfless assistance to each other, in particular on the issues of core interests. The past 65 years have also witnessed that China and Pakistan maintain close coordination and collaboration on major international and regional agendas. The multi-faceted, time-tested and long-enduring China-Pakistan relationship has become a shining example for South-South cooperation and relations between countries.
China-Pakistan relations have entered into the new stage of grand development. Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a successful state visit to Pakistan last year. During the visit, both sides agreed to uplift the relations to the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, ushering in a new page of our bilateral relations. This relationship is featured with frequent exchange of high-level visits, enhanced strategic mutual trust, extensive and fruitful cooperation with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as the main platform, vibrant people-to-people contacts, and much closer collaboration on international and regional issues.
The achievements of China-Pakistan relations over the past 65 years are hard won and should be carried forward from generation to generation. In the days to come, we should take the consensus reached by our leaders as the guidance for our future cooperation. We should continue the momentum of all-round cooperation, among others, by promoting the CPEC projects. We should further lay a solid foundation of our friendship by strengthening people-to-people bonds. We should safeguard our common interests and realize our common dreams.
Under the fast-evolving international and regional situations, let us stand together through thick and thin, and redouble our efforts towards the realization of China-Pakistan community of shared destiny.