ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong has said that Pak-China friendship had withstood the test of time and supported Pakistan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and appreciated its contribution in weeding out terrorism.
He was addressing a function here at Chinese embassy on Monday night which was organized to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was the chief guest on this occasion while the reception was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Defence and Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, President Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, former Punjab governor Sardar Latif Khosa, former interior minister Rehman Malik, diplomats, representatives of business community and senior government officials.
The Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong highlighting the strong bonds of Pak-China friendship said, “China-Pakistan friendship has a long history and it withstood the test of time and is deeply rooted in the people’s hearts.
Referring to strong bonds of friendship between Pakistan and China, ambassador Sun Weidong said this all-weather friendship is based on five principles of peaceful co-existence.
Highlighting these principles, the ambassador said, “We always respect, trust and support each other. We believe in equality among countries, no matter rich or poor, big or small. Both of us support justice in international affairs and safeguard the interests of developing countries. We also work together for peace and stability in the region and the world.”
The Chinese ambassador said priority of Pakistan in China’s diplomacy has not changed.
“The historical friendship between our two countries has not changed and the good momentum of China-Pakistan relations has not changed,” he added.
The ambassador said China always supported Pakistan’sindependence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“We always support Pakistan’s efforts of promoting economic and social development and we respect and support Pakistan’s national security strategy and appreciate its huge contribution to the international counter-terrorism efforts,” he said.
The ambassador said, “We also respect the path of development decided by Pakistani people and never interfere into Pakistan’s domestic affairs.”
He said in one word, “we hope Pakistan always enjoy peace, stability and prosperity.”
Referring to development projects in Pakistan the Chinese ambassador said, “We are actively promoting cooperation and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a very important part in this regard.”
He said the construction of power plants is under way in Nandipur, Sahiwal, Port Qasim, Bhawalpur and Karachi.
He said the Ruyi-Masood Textile Industrial Park is also under construction and the Gwadar Port and other infrastructure projects are making headway.
“We will continue to make cooperation in energy, infrastructure and industrial parks,” he added.
The Chinese ambassador said China is about to set up a new Consulate General in Lahore in the near future.
He said, “We will keep the tradition of high-level exchanges between China and Pakistan and Chinese President Xi Jinping is willing to visit Pakistan at a mutually convenient time of early date.”
The ambassador said China also support and welcome Pakistan to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
He said, “I am firmly convinced that with our joint efforts, our common dream of improving national prosperity and people’s well-being will be realized.
He said the Chinese leadership including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi have expressed condolences and sympathy with Pakistan on the recent floods in Pakistan.
He said Chinese embassy and China Red Cross have made donations for the help of flood victims and assured China will provide more assistance.
He said China has given assistance to the IDPs in Pakistan and the goods have already arrived in Pakistan.
The ambassador said China’s development is fast yet stable and China took just several decades to realize what the developed countries achieved for centuries.
He said, “Our GDP now ranks second in the world and this is a big achievement and now, China is more focused on the quality and efficiency of economic development and began to change how it grows.”
The ambassador said China is open and inclusive and its reform and opening-up are the strong driving forces to China’s development.
He said China cannot live without the world and the world cannot live without China either.
“We believe in peaceful development and good neighborhood is the key and foundation and pursue the policy of ‘amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness’ and want to achieve common development with our neighbors,” he added.
He said China has found a path of development suitable to its national conditions and economic growth is its central task and its properly handling the relations among reform, development and stability.
The ambassador said Chinese people are open-hearted and ready to learn from all the civilizations for a better future of China and the world.
The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while highlighting Pak-China strong friendship said both the countries always supported each other at all international issues.
Appreciating the exchange of visits between the two countries at all level, the Speaker said the exchange of visits at the level of parliamentarians, the people to people relations had been strengthened.
The Speaker said many development projects were under way in Pakistan with the Chinese help that indicated the strong bonds of friendship of China for Pakistan.
He said people of Pakistan are looking forward to the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan.
National anthems of the two countries were also played on this occasion while a photo exhibition was organized highlighting visits and agreements between the two countries on different occasions.
Later, the guests were served with traditional Chinese cuisines, Pakistani and continental dishes.