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be made avail­able to Pak­istani stu­dents who wanted to study in China.

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Pak­istan Sun Wei­dong said that both China and Pak­istan wanted peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion and are ac­tive in world’s bod­ies in­clud­ing United Na­tions, Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO) and ASEM, etc.

Both the coun­tries had una­nim­ity of views on all ma­jor re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, he added.

The Am­bas­sador said that ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism were com­mon en­e­mies of China and Pak­istan and both of them had been mak­ing ef­forts for peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion. He said that di­a­logue pro­vided the best so­lu­tions to any prob­lem. China and Pak­istan were ex­tend­ing sup­port to peace process in Afghanistan, as an ‘Afghan­led, Afghan-owned’ peace­ful so­lu­tion was in the com­mon in­ter­est of re­gional coun­tries.

To a ques­tion, he said, mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion of both coun­tries was fruit­ful with fresh progress.

“We ex­tend our high ap­pre­ci­a­tion to sac­ri­fices made by Pak­istan in the fight against ter­ror­ism,” he re­marked. He said the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should rec­og­nize and ex­tend its sup­port to Pak­istan in its fight against men­ace of ter­ror­ism.

The Chi­nese Am­bas­sador said that China had been fac­ing ter­ror­ism and sought close co­op­er­a­tion from Pak­istan to fight ter­ror­ism. High­light­ing the eco­nomic progress of China, he said, last year his coun­try achieved a GDP growth rate of 6.9 per­cent and it re­mained at 6.7 per­cent of the first quar­ter of this year.

China, he said, was one of the fastest grow­ing economies and sec­ond largest econ­omy of the world.

He said China and Pak­istan were de­vel­op­ing na­tions, adding, “We should de­velop our economies on sus­tain­able ba­sis im­per­a­tive for peace and sta­bil­ity.” He stressed the need for keep­ing mo­men­tum of sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth also ben­e­fi­cial for the world. High­light­ing the warm and cor­dial re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries dur­ing the past 65 years, he ex­pressed the con­fi­dence that this co­op­er­a­tion would con­tinue to grow even stronger, so as to help build up a com­mu­nity of shared des­tiny.

Ex­tend­ing hearti­est fe­lic­i­ta­tions to the Pak­istani na­tion on the oc­ca­sion of 65th an­niver­sary of Pak-China diplo­matic re­la­tions, he said, “We de­scribe China-Pak­istan as iron broth­ers and call it all-weather strate­gic co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship while the Pak­istani broth­ers term it as higher than moun­tains, deeper than sea and sweeter than honey.”

Both the coun­tries had stood test of time and worked to­gether shoul­der to shoul­der dur­ing nat­u­ral calami­ties in­clud­ing earth­quakes and floods.

He said this re­la­tion­ship was go­ing stronger to stronger be­sides trans­fer­ring it from gen­er­a­tions to gen­er­a­tions. “Our friend­ship is based on prin­ci­ples of mu­tual re­spect, mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and mu­tual trust, and non-in­ter­fer­ence into each other do­mes­tic af­fairs, which pro­vides a solid base of friend­ship among the peo­ple of two coun­tries.”—APP

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