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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