Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Zhao Lijian during his regular briefing offered congratulations on the 69th anniversary of the establishment of China-Pakistan diplomatic relations and said the iron clad friendship between the two countries has resisted the changing international landscape and remained firm as a rock.
He said “Today marks the 69th anniversary of China-Pakistan diplomatic relations. I offer congratulations.”
Zhao Lijian, who had served at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad as deputy head of mission before joining the spokesman and played a key role in developing relations between Pakistan and China, said: I had the pleasure of working in Pakistan. Before leaving the country, I want to say that Pakistan had stolen my heart. I believe it shows the deep-rooted friendship between our two countries.”
Describing China and Pakistan as all-time strategic cooperation partners, he said that over the past 69 years, relations between the two countries have stood the test of changing international landscape and have remained firm as a stone. “In recent years, we had high-level development of financial relationships with enhancing political mutual trust and smooth and fruitful progress in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other areas in the face of COVID-19,” he added.
“We are still together and helped each other out following our fine tradition of mutual assistance in times of difficulties and our iron-clad friendship is further elevated in the joint fight,” he said and added, in future, the Chinese side had every confidence in the development of bilateral relations.
He said that China would continue to put Pakistan a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy and work together for high-quality CPEC development.
“We will maintain in close coordination and communication in major international and regional affairs and turn this relationship into a model of building a community of shared future for mankind and bring benefits for our two people,” he added.
Pakistan and China established formal diplomatic relations on May 21, 1951. Pakistan became the first Muslim and third non-Communist country to recognize the People’s Republic of China in 1950.
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