Artists awarded for painting 70 years of Pak-China diplomatic relations

Zubair Qureshi

To celebrate 70 years of Pakistan-China Diplomatic Relations, the All Pakistan-China Friendship Association in partnership with the Embassy of People’s Republic of China organized on online award ceremony for the participating students and winners on the topic of “CPEC and Pakistan-China Friendship”.

20 prizes for two age groups, 9-15 years and 16-18 years were awarded to students as 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners, with four appreciations awards All students received Certficates and winners received other prizes. This creative competition provided an opportunity to students from participating schools to paint their creations to demonstrate the many facets of Pakistan China friendship as visualized by them.

In their online speeches, the speakers were of the view that Pakistan and China were strategic cooperative partners and their friendship was based on mutual trust and respect. What makes this friendship unique, is that it is rooted deeply in the hearts of the people of the two countries, which makes the bond everlasting, they noted.

In her keynote speech, Madame Pang Chunxue, Minister, Chinese Embassy in Pakistan congratulated the Pakistani youth on the vivid illustration of the friendship between Pakistan and China, and said that these colourful paintings are indeed a wonderful gift to the celebration of the 70 years of Sino-Pak diplomatic relations.

More cultural exchange and cooperation will bring this friendship to new heights, she noted.. CPEC, she said is playing a significant role in promoting people to people activity and is reflective of high quality growth of the BRI. Ikhlaq Usmani, President APCFA in his welcome remarks stated this commemorative art expressions has rekindled the hearts of the Pakistani youth to take the Pakistan – China friendship to greater heights!

Mubashar Tauqir Shah, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that CPEC is a manifestation of the trusted friendship of Pakistan and China and a vote of confidence for Pakistan.

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