Chinese friendship a corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy

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HYDERABAD, May 27 (APP): Director Area Study Center Far East and South East Asia University of Sindh, Jamshoro Prof.Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto has said that friendship with China has become corner-stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and enjoys full support in the country.

Talking to APP here, Prof. Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto said that
friendship with China has been called “all-weather friendship”, “comprehensive friendship” and recently “an indispensable partnership” and added that it has also been described as
“a model of friendship between countries with different social systems”.

He said that Pakistan and China enjoyed very cordial relations since long and their bilateral cooperation in various fields including political, economic, trade and security has worked for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Prof. Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto said that Pakistan and China shared strategic interests as well.

He said that recent visit of Chinese President to Pakistan and signing of 51 MoUs in various fields is another milestone in their bilateral cooperation.

One of the main aspects of their recent agreements was the
establishment of the Economic Corridor between Pakistan and China to facilitate trade and investment activities between the two countries, added.

Area Study Center Far East and South East Asia further informed that the economic corridor is about 3000 kilometers long which consists of highways, railways and pipelines and the corridor will provide an outlet to China via Gawadar port to the rest of the world.

He said that the economic corridor is expected to bring trade and investment opportunities much in favor of Pakistan. It will connect all the provinces of Pakistan with China.

This direct connectivity with China will provide an opportunity to the business men of Pakistan to carry out trade and investment activities with China, added.

Prof. Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto further informed about youth that the it is expected to open new employment opportunities for the youth of Pakistan and most significantly it will be major source of monetary benefit for government of Pakistan in terms of route charges.

He said that this is great chance for Pakistan to address socio-economic development and to eliminate energy crisis.

He informed that China is one of the major oil importers in the world and with this economic corridor they will have a route for safe and sustain energy through pipelines. Further, it will facilitate its two way trade with rest of the world especially, Middle Eastern countries. More importantly it will ensure safe and uninterrupted supply of oil from Gulf region to China, added.

Highlighting the historical background of the friendship between Pakistan and China, he said that both countries are heirs to ancient civilizations going back thousand of years.

He claimed that first recorded contact took place in 200 BC when a Chinese delegation crossed the mountains separating the two regions.

He said that after the spread of Buddhism to China, some Chinese monks (Fa Hian, Tsieven Tsang) visited the sub-continent in 6th and 8th centuries and left valuable records.

Prof. Hamadullah Kakepoto said that Pakistan had won independence in 1947 was among first Countries to recognize PRC and diplomatic relations were established in May 1951.

He said that Pakistan China friendship got off to a very good start as conceded an area of over 750 sq miles on its side of the Karakoram watershed that was used seasonally by pastoral nomads in the Hunza area.

He said that Pakistan played the role of a frontline state over the decade of 1979-89 and there were frequent consultations between the two countries. In addition, the range of cooperation between the two countries expanded constantly, with a Treaty for cooperation in Peaceful uses of Nuclear Technology being signed in 1986, he said.

He said that both Pakistan and China have become allies of the US in the war against terror and this has transformed their relations with the US and added that it has also had a serious impact on their bilateral relations as both have realized the importance of fighting poverty and backwardness that contribute to insecurity and terrorism.

Prof. Hamadullah Kakepoto said that interestingly, in these interesting times China represents Asia’s only ray of hope and added that emerging as a pillar of strength for the world community, China is shouldering heavy responsibilities not only for the maintenance of international peace and security but also in averting any major economic crises in Asia, added.

He said that China today is major stabilizing force in global economic and fiscal system and has become an important part of the international cooperation on combating terrorism, the major mediating force and organizer of the tri-party and the six party talks aimed at resolving the Korean peninsula nuclear issue and major player in the UN security council and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

He said that global environment needs to be stabilized through consistent conflicts prevention and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the modalities prescribed in the charter of the United Nations.

In the years to come, he said this friendship was bound to blossom further, remain ever green and reap dividends for our future generations.

He said both countries looked forward to have further exchanges of visits, to have more high level contacts to promote mutual friendship and cooperation in various fields including politics, economy and people to people contacts.

He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor would be further promoted, particularly cooperation in trade, investment, energy and communications would be strengthened.