65 years of PakChina Friend­ship

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SYED ALI QASIM

The de­ci­sion by the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment to cel­e­brate com­ple­tion of 65 years of Pak-China friend­ship in a be­fit­ting man­ner is a wel­come step as the fo­cal point of Pak-China friend­ship is to stand shoul­der to shoul­der and work hand-in-hand in times of dif­fi­culty. Be­ing a trust­wor­thy friend, China al­ways tries its best to co­op­er­ate with Pak­istan in or­der to en­sure the eco­nomic sta­bil­ity in the coun­try. This is the rea­son that right from en­ergy projects to trans­port projects, from the con­struc­tion of Gwadar port to China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC), China is al­ways sup­port­ing Pak­istan at ev­ery stage. Pak-China friend­ship is not only a sign of unity be­tween the two coun­tries but it is a strong bond of mu­tual trust, tol­er­ance and long last­ing confidence which is ac­knowl­edged by the whole world.

From the deep blue wa­ters of Gwadar port to the heights of Karako­ram high­way, China’s heavy in­vest­ment in dif­fer­ent projects of Pak­istan is an am­ple proof that both the coun­tries are de­ter­mined to help and co­op­er­ate each other. To over­come the en­ergy cri­sis in the coun­try, China is work­ing side by side with Pak­istan not only in civil nu­clear power projects but also in dif­fer­ent other hy­dro power, coal power and so­lar en­ergy projects. Like­wise, Gwadar port is a start­ing point of a new chap­ter of progress and pros­per­ity not only for Pak­istan but for Mid­dle East, Africa, Cen­tral Asia, Afghanistan and China as well. PakChina Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor with huge in­vest­ment of 46 bil­lion dol­lars will also open new ways of progress and de­vel­op­ment for peo­ple liv­ing in the re­gion. This cor­ri­dor is not only a 2000 kilo­me­ter long road but also a har­bin­ger of eco­nomic rev­o­lu­tion which will elim­i­nate poverty from the re­gion, bring dif­fer­ent cul­tures and civ­i­liza­tions closer to one an­other and open new trade ways for the whole world.

The Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan is en­deav­or­ing to give a new turn to the tra­di­tional re­la­tion­ship be­tween Pak­istan and China. It is hoped that this new era of friend­ship based on en­thu­si­asm will change the fate of peo­ple liv­ing in the re­gion and prove to be a mile­stone. — La­hore

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