Higher than Karakoram: Seven Decades of Pakistan-China Partnership’ launched

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Pakistan, China fully prepared to defeat enemies of CPEC, Pak-China friendship: Nong Rong


Zubair Qureshi

Ambassador of China Mr. Nong Rong says Pakistan and China enjoyed deep-rooted, friendly relations which would be further strengthen with the passage of time.

He expressed these views while addressing the launching ceremony of the second edition of the book titled “Higher Than Karakoram: Seven Decades of Pakistan-China partnership” on Thursday.

China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) had organized the book-launch.

Among those who spoke on the occasion included Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moinul Haque, Ambassador Naghmana Hashmi, Ambassador Masood Khalid, Dr. Fazalur Rehman, Director Pakistan Institute of China Studies, University of Sargodha, Dr. Di Yuna, Executive Director, Pakistan Study Center of Science & Technology and Economy, and Dr. Li Jingfeng, Director Regional & Strategic Research Office, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences.

Ambassador Nong Rong congratulated the ISSI and CPSC for launching the book at the important occasion, when China and Pakistan are celebrating the seven decades of diplomatic relations.

He said that China was fully committed to the development of Pakistan and both the countries were prepared to defeat those who were against the Pakistan-China close friendship and success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

People-to-people exchanges plays an important role in developing the bilateral relations’ he said adding people of both the countries needed to know each other for a better understanding.

Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood who was the Chief Guest at the ceremony, said Pakistan-China relationship was and would remain the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

He said China always supported Pakistan and the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIJK).

Secretary Sohail Mahmood expressed gratitude to China over the provision of COVID-19 vaccine which helped saving millions of precious lives.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China therefore in order to commemorate the historic event, the Foreign Ministers of China and Pakistan recently unveiled the official logo of 70th anniversary in a simultaneously held virtual ceremony on March 2 2021, noted the chief guest.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moinul Haque said Pakistan and China enjoyed strong friendly relations as both the countries always supported each other in the hour of trial and played an important role in ensuring the regional peace and stability as well.

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, congratulated CPSC and outlined how ISSI has created a vision of which the edited books are a part of. Ambassador Chaudhry said that what makes this book unique is that it marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan.

While introducing the book Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director CPSC said through this book, CPSC has brought to light the fact as to why our relationship is considered to be ‘Higher than Karakoram’.

At the conclusion of the event, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman ISSI presented the Institute’s memento to the distinguished guests.