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Pakistan-China celebrate 70 years of friendship

President Dr Arif Alvi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have vowed to deepen bilateral cooperation and achieve high quality development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The resolve was expressed in the congratulatory letters exchanged by the two leaders on the occasion of 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

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

He said the mutual trust and friendship between the two countries have gone through the test of 70 years of international changes and remain rock-solid, and have become the most valuable strategic asset of the two peoples.

He said the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has achieved remarkable results, bringing tangible benefits to the people of both countries besides providing strong impetus to the regional prosperity.

In his letter, President Arif Alvi reaffirmed the commitment to further elevate Pakistan-China friendship to new heights and build closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the new era.

Arif Alvi said both the countries have remained friends in good and bad times. He said despite difficulties, both the countries have rendered immense sacrifices to achieve their objectives.  He said Pakistan-China friendship is guarantor of peace in the region.

China has expressed the resolve to continue supporting Pakistan’s transformation from geo politics to a geo economic pivot to enhance regional connectivity and economic and trade cooperation.

This resolve was expressed by Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong has during an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan, on the occasion of 70 anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic relations, today (Friday). He said both countries share a common vision and are committed to changing destiny of the region and jointly safeguarding peace, development and prosperity. He said the cooperation between the two countries benefits the whole region and the world.

The Ambassador said over the years, the two sides have carried out great deal of pragmatic cooperation based on the principle of mutual benefit. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an important project of the Belt and Road Initiative and for all-weather cooperation between the two countries. He said 46 CPEC projects have so far either been completed or under construction with a total investment of 25.4 billion dollars.

Nong Rong further said that CPEC created 75,000 jobs for Pakistani citizens and scope of cooperation under CPEC is being expanded. He said now CPEC entered into a new stage featuring high quality development and the focus is on industry, agriculture, science and technology. He said we are increasing cooperation in areas related to people’s livelihood by implementing projects under CPEC.

Talking about development projects in Balochistan, Nong Rong said New Gwadar International Airport is under construction and East Bay Expressway will be completed by October this year which will greatly improve regional connectivity.  He said Pakistan China Vocational and Technical Institute in Gwadar will be completed in September this year, while Pak-China Friendship Hospital be expanded from 50 beds to 150 beds in Gwadar.

The Ambassador said China will continue to provide favorable conditions for the companies of the two countries to further explore each other’s market and bring more benefits to the people of the two countries.

Regarding educational exchanges between the two countries, he said scholarships for Pakistani students are being increased enabling them to study and have research in leading Chinese universities.

Answering a question, the Chinese dignitary said his country will continue working with Pakistan to promote Peace Process in Afghanistan as well as to maintain regional peace and stability. He said Pakistan and China will cooperate in jointly responding to security threats and propaganda against their and safeguarding the common interests of the two countries.

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