President, PM vows to strengthen `time-tested’ friendship with China


President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed confidence that Pakistan and China would continue their efforts to enhance and reinforce friendship between their two peoples.

The president and prime minister said this in their separate messages on the occasion of 65th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China falling on Saturday (May 21).

President Mamnoon Hussain in his message said, “Pakistan and China enjoy time-tested and all-weather friendship. It is a unique friendship. We are good neighbours, close friends, trusted partners, and iron brothers. We have elevated our relationship to all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.”

“In the 65 years since that historic day in May 1951, when we established diplomatic relations with China, great changes have taken place both within our own countries and outside. We have seen these changes shake the world and reshape the political landscape. Yet through all this change, our friendship has endured. Remarkably, it has grown in strength, emerging stronger from every challenge,” he added.

“Pakistan-China relationship is founded on the basis of mutual trust, respect and understanding. We enjoy broad consensus on a wide range of critical regional and international issues. We support and respect the principles and objectives of each other’s policies,” he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his message said, “Pakistan and China enjoy a unique, close and durable relationship. China is a true, time-tested and all-weather friend of Pakistan. This year we are celebrating the 65th anniversary of establishment of our diplomatic relations with China. Over these 65 years, our relationship has grown from strength to strength.”

“Relations between Pakistan and China are marked by a high degree of understanding, trust and goodwill. At the official and popular levels, there is strong resonance of the long and rich history of close and cordial ties,” he added.

The prime minister said, “We have endeavoured to strengthen and deepen our all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China. Our two governments have designated the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the flagship project for economic rejuvenation, a peaceful neighborhood and for building a ‘Community of Common Destiny’.”

“Irrespective of political orientation, every government in Pakistan has reinforced Pakistan’s relations with China, manifesting the special place China has in the hearts and minds of the Pakistani people,” he added. The Prime Minister said, “Regular bilateral visits by the leadership of the both countries have been a hallmark of our ties. I fondly recall my several visits to China, where I was always accorded a warm, friendly and homely atmosphere.”


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