Pak-China relations continue to deepen, widen

WEEK-LONG celebrations have begun in connection with 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China involving both the governmental organizations and the civil society. Top leadership of the two countries, in their messages on the occasion, have rightly described it as an all-weather, time tested and strategic partnership.
Pakistan and China have always enjoyed ideal ties ever since establishment of their diplomatic relations in 1951 after Pakistan became one of the first countries to have recognized the People Republic of China. Thanks to the visionary approach on the two sides, the relationship has now turned into a robust partnership spanning all spheres of life and shared strategic, political and economic interests. This time round the hallmark of the celebrations is the genuine enthusiasm of people of Pakistan whose interest has been enhanced by the launching of the fate-changer project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as there is national consensus that it would bring about a socio-economic revolution in the lives of people in different regions of the country especially those of backward and far-flung area. There is, therefore, visible jubilation among all segments of Pakistani society, which consider China as the most sincere and dependable ally. The celebrations marking 65th anniversary of Sino-Pak diplomatic ties assume more significance in the backdrop of some regional and global moves aimed at squeezing Pakistan. These developments might prove to be a blessing in disguise, forcing the two countries to further deepen and widen their relationship for mutual good. However, we must point out that the Chinese side has demonstrated its unflinching resolve to diversify this relationship further and take it to new heights as it is eager to inject $46 billion in different sectors of Pak economy but there is dire need to give matching response to this appreciable desire of Beijing. Chinese are fast moving people and therefore, we should give up lethargy, and prove ourselves equally active and practicable partner. We hope that our policy and decision-makers would do necessary homework to take advantage of multi-faceted opportunities being offered by China to develop Pakistan’s economy and boost its defence and security capabilities.

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