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China reaffirms ironclad friendship with Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: No matter how the regional and internatio­nal landscapes may evolve, and what challenges and risks may arise, China will continue to work with Pakistan to cement their ironclad friendship, Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a signed article published in a Pakistani newspaper.

This year marks the 70th anniversar­y of the establishm­ent of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan.

Wang said that in a world of drastic changes unseen in a century, deepening China-Pakistan strategic cooperatio­n is the natural option, and China will continue to work with Pakistan to build an even closer community with a shared future in the new era, according to the article titled “An Ironclad Friendship Growing Stronger in the New Era”.

In the article published in The Express Tribune on Tuesday, Wang said that “the two countries have stood together, rain or shine, and built an exceptiona­l, ironclad friendship” in the seven decades since the diplomatic relations were establishe­d in 1951, which has become a strategic asset, most dearly cherished by both sides.

Wang noted that the China-Pakistan friendship has a time-honoured history, enjoys a solid foundation and has deep roots among the two peoples.

“In times of hardship, one always extends a helping hand to the other as early as possible. Such mutual support and assistance have no strings attached, and are pure acts of goodwill and friendship,” he added.

Wang said the high-level exchanges between the two countries are frequent while the practical cooperatio­n is fruitful.

Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, “70 early-harvest projects have been identified, among which 46 have been launched or completed. A total of US$25.4bil has been invested, creating 70,000 jobs for Pakistan,” he said.

Wang said the people-to-people exchanges between the two countries are booming, the cooperatio­n on multilater­al occasions is close and the friendship has withstood the test of the sudden onslaught of Covid-19, and has emerged even stronger.

“China and Pakistan will inaugurate grand and warm celebratio­ns to honour the 70th anniversar­y of diplomatic relations, including high-level visits, business exchanges and cultural activities,” Wang added.

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