Hats off to Sun Weidong

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AS one of the most popular Chinese Ambassadors to Pakistan Sun Weidong is paying farewell calls before winding up of his term in the country, people of Pakistan are expressing gratitude to the man who has been instrumental in taking the friendship and partnership between the two to new heights to the mutual advantage. This is reflective of the love and affection that people of Pakistan have for sincere friends like Sun Weidong and his great country.
It is because of the role that the Chinese Ambassador played in strengthening the ties in different spheres of life that President Mamnoon Hussain conferred on him the country’s highest civil award ‘Hilal-e-Pakistan’ on Mr. Sun Weidong and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi paid rich tributes to him for his momentous contribution in forging bilateral ties. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the outgoing Ambassador is one of the architects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its successful implementation. We all know that CPEC faced and is still facing visible and invisible hurdles and Weidong went out of the way in clearing hurdles and ensuring its smooth execution. He not only played his role in getting necessary clearances from his own country but also remained in touch with Pakistani authorities and even with leaders of the opposition parties to remove their misgivings about the historic project. As the CPEC has facilitated tackling of one of the most serious problems of the country i.e. power outages, the credit would also go to the outgoing envoy. In addition, dozens of projects in different sectors and in almost all corners of the country have been initiated with the assistance of China for which Sun Weidong played a pivotal role. Greater people-to-people interaction especially significant increase in number of scholarships for Pakistani students would help build the relationship on sound and firm footings. Media cooperation also remained one of the top priorities of the Ambassador during his stay in Pakistan. We wish every success to Mr. Sun Weidong in his future assignments and hope he would continue to make his contribution in solidifying the bilateral relationship.