ISLAMABAD, Jul 1 (APP): The Embassy of Pakistan held a reception at a local hotel in Beijing on Friday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.
Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China, Kong Xuanyou was 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 Pak-China relations in the political, economic, cultural, commerce and trade, education and science and technology domains under the aegis of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, according to press release received here 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 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 Pak-China traditional friendship, deepen win-win cooperation, strengthen people to people exchanges and write a new chapter of friendship in their history.
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 was 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.
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 Pak-China bilateral relations to new heights.
Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali, who was 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.