The Embassy of Pakistan held a reception today at a local Hotel in Beijing to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan and China. H.E. Mr. Kong Xuanyou, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Ambassador Masood Khalid gave a key note speech and highlighted the importance of Pak-China relations. He underscored the need to adopt a win-win strategy to reinvigorate our relations in the political, economic, cultural, commerce & trade, education and science & technology domains under the aegis of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, say a press release received here today from Beijing.
Mr. Kong Xuanyou in his speech acknowledged selfless support of Pakistan, during the hour of need, to China. He appreciated momentous launch of CPEC and reassured that Chinese government will extend all out support for successful realization of the initiative. He reiterated the need to further strengthen our bilateral relations and emphasized to work in unison to achieve developmental targets of regional connectivity, energy security and socio-economic uplift of the people of two countries. He expressed his resolve to consolidate our traditional friendship, deepen win-win cooperation, strengthen people to people exchanges and write a new chapter of friendship in our history.
The President of China-Pakistan Friendship Association Ambassador Sha Zhukang, speaking on the occasion highlighted the need to ensure smooth implementation of CPEC initiative for realizing “Chinese Dream”. He said friendship between Pakistan and China is based on trust and mutual support and his Association would leave no stone unturned to further strengthen this trust and confidence so as to develop better understanding through effective communications and diversified linkages between the people of Pakistan and China.
Mr. Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and senior representatives of PLA also attended the ceremony besides a number of influential figures from business and academic circles. They admired the growing relations and reaffirmed their commitment to raise our bilateral relations to new heights. Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water & Power, who is leading Pakistan’s delegation at the G-20 Energy Ministers Conference, also attended the event. A group of persons with disabilities from the Beijing Shanshui Orchestra also played Pakistani and Chinese songs.