Celebrations begin to mark 65th anniversary of Pak-China relations

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Week-long celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China begin today.

Pakistan is one of the first countries to recognise China and the two countries established diplomatic relations on May 21, 1951.

Elaborate programmes have been drawn both at the government and people’s levels in connection with the anniversary.

Minister for Information Pervez Rashid and the Chinese Ambassador will jointly inaugurate Chinese Mela in Islamabad.

Postal services will also issue postage stamps marking 65 years of Pakistan-China friendship.

Radio Pakistan will also broadcast special programmes on Pak-China relationship.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif say Pakistan and China enjoy time-tested an all-weather friendship.

In his separate message, the President said we are good neighbours, close friends, trusted partners, and iron brothers and elevated our relationship to an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

In his message, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and China enjoy a unique, close and durable relationship.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a symbol of economic rejuvenation, peaceful neighbourhood and a Community of Common Destiny.

The Prime Minister hoped that our mutual efforts will bring peace, development and progress to not only the two countries but the entire region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang have extended their warm congratulations and good wishes to the people of Pakistan on the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In his separate message, President Xi Jinping said China regards Pakistan as an important partner in promoting the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will lay a solid foundation for building China-Pakistan community of shared destiny.

In his message, Premier Li Keqiang said China and Pakistan have always adhered to peaceful coexistence, political mutual trust, mutually beneficial economic cooperation and mutual understanding.