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URUMQI, Apr 9 (APP):  Xinjiang has a special place in consolidating Sino‑Pak relations as the mountains and rivers of Xinjiang and Northern Areas join China and Pakistan, said Ambassador Masood Khan.

“We share tectonic plates and fault lines.  But we have even stronger bonds than geography “ the bonds of the silk route, of trade and commerce, of civilization, of the desire to take Pakistan‑China relations to “new heights”, Khan said here Wednesday while addressing at the Xinjiang Academy of Sciences, students including Xinjiang University and Xinjiang Normal University were also present.

“As I am speaking to you, I have the feeling as if I am talking to my own kith and kins, my own brothers and sisters, members of my own family” Khan observed.

He said that Xinjiang was already playing a commendable role by hosting some 500 Pakistani students. The Xinjiang Medical University alone has 484 students and about 138 of them have already graduated.

Cities of Xinjiang are popular destinations for Pakistani businessmen and traders. We are always pleased to see Pakistani goods in your market. They blend so well here and so do your products in Pakistan, Khan observed.

In the recent past, Communist Party of China (CPC) has reached out to Pakistan’s political parties and many parliamentary delegations visited China. Urumqi is their favourite destination during such visits. 

Ambassador Khan said that his country in its part has established three Pakistan Study Centres at Peking, Tsingua and Sichuan Universities. These Centres will promote a better understanding between our two peoples through research, studies, seminars, and exchanges. China, he said has also opened a Confucius Centre in Pakistan.

“I believe that Chinese is the language of the future. Our students are keen to learn Chinese language to know this land and people even better”, he maintained.

Tracing the shining history of the two brotherly nations, Khan said that the people of Pakistan love the people of China and successive governments in Pakistan have had the strongest ties with the four generations of Chinese leaders.  

President Hu Jintao has captured this relationship in the most powerful and vivid manner. We ΓÇô Pakistan and China ΓÇô are good neighbours, close friends, dear brothers, and trusted partners.

In the same way, President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan‑China friendship is rooted in the hearts and minds of the people.

Khan pointed out that the foundations for this beautiful relationship, this resilient bond, this all weather, time‑tested friendship was laid by the visionary leaders of our two countries  Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai, and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, among others.

Fa Hsien and Hsuan Tsang did not have modern means of transport at the turn of the fifth century and in the 7th century when they crossed Taklamakkan and Pamir to reach Chitral, Swat, Peshawar and Taxila to attain accurate understanding of Buddhism and the Gandhara civilization, he said.

Despite the daunting barriers, Khan said, they connected our two lands in physically and spiritually. Today we have fastest means to reach out to each other ΓÇô the Karakorum Highway, air link, and Information Communication Technology.

In the 1960s, Pakistan and China developed a strategic partnership.

Pakistan defied the Cold War logic and aligned itself with China. We were a strong advocate for China’s rightful entry into the United Nations as a permanent member without any delay.

In 1963, the two countries signed a border agreement that remains a milestone up to this day.

Pakistan played a pivotal role in facilitating contacts between the US and China for their historic rapprochement in 1971.

He further said today Pakistan fully supports China’s principled stands on Taiwan, Tibet and human rights. We believe in One China Policy and in its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China, for its part, has always stood by us. When we were threatened by aggression, China sided with us. When we needed to strengthen our defensive capability or enhance our economic capacity, China was always there to assist us.

He also spoke at length about Sino‑Pak all weather strategic partnership and cooperation in various fields socio‑economic and other areas.

Ambassador Khan told the students that Xinjiang is not a new for him, he was here about 23 years ago.

On May 1, 1986, China and Pakistan opened the Khunjerab Pass to third country nationals, he  came first to Urumqi in the last week of April and accompanied with  then Vice Governor to Kashgar and from Kashgar to Khunjerab to receive the Pakistani delegation on May 1. The entire Pakistani delegation then visited Kashgar, Urumqi and Turfan.

Wishing more success and prosperity of the people and the important role governor Nur Baikeli of this Autonomous region was playing for their well being,  Ambassador Khan said that this visit has also revived his old memories.

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