China-pak­istan Friend­ship, Em­brac­ing the Fu­ture

*Mr. Liu J ian

The Diplomatic Insight - - Contents -

The year 2011 marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and Pak­istan, and is des­ig­nated as the Year of China-Pak­istan Friend­ship. Ever since the launch­ing cer­e­mony held by our Em­bassy and Pak­istan For­eign Min­istry on Jan­uary 1st, a lively and grand spec­ta­cle of joint cel­e­bra­tions has been un­veiled, dur­ing which we have wit­nessed hun­dreds of ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­ac­tions in var­i­ous fields, at ev­ery inch of land, and among all­walks of life. At this glo­ri­ous junc­ture, I have ev­ery good rea­son to re­view the his­tory of China-Pak­istan friend­ship, which is in­deed a time­honored brother­hood, re­gard­less of changes in the in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion or in each other's do­mes­tic af­fairs. Pak­istan was one of the first coun­tries to rec­og­nize New China. In the 1950s and 60s, when China was suf­fer­ing from Western block­ade, it was Pak­istan that opened an air cor­ri­dor link­ing China to the out­side world. In the early 1970s, it was Pak­istan that sup­ported China to re­store its law­ful seat in the UN, and served as a bridge for the nor­mal­iza­tion of Sino-US re­la­tions. On China's core is­sues such as Tai­wan, Tibet, and the fight against three evils, it is Pak­istan that has ex­tended its valu­able sup­port at all times. On the other part, China has al­ways sided with Pak­istan in its strug­gle for na­tional sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence, and for eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. The mega projects of Karako­ram High­way (KKH), Heavy Me­chan­i­cal Com­plex at Tax­ila, and Chashma nu­clear plant and the Pak-China Friend­ship Cen­ter, are the mon­u­ments of the ever-spik­ing friend­ship. Over six decades of in­ter­ac­tions and co­op­er­a­tion, Chi­naPak­istan re­la­tion­ship, termed as “higher than moun­tains, deeper than oceans and sweeter than honey”, is an ex­em­plary model of har­mo­nious co-ex­is­tence be­tween coun­tries with dif­fer­ent so­cial sys­tems and cul­tures. In my view, there are four main fac­tors con­trib­ute to this un­prece­dented bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. First, China and Pak­istan strictly abide by the Five Prin­ci­ples of Peace­ful Co­ex­is­tence, highly re­spect, equally treat and sin­cerely trust each other. Sec­ond, we al­ways whole­heart­edly help each other when­ever in dif­fi­cul­ties and forge ahead in joint hands through thick and thin. Third, China and Pak­istan main­tain close co­or­di­na­tion on ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues, and in safe­guard­ing re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity. To­day, the de­vel­op­ment of China-Pak­istan re­la­tion­ship has gained strong mo­men­tum and achieved steady progress com­pre­hen­sively, fea­tured with strong strate­gic part­ner­ship, ro­bust eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and ever-closer peo­ple to peo­ple con­nec­tions. This kind of all-weather re­la­tion­ship is fully

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