Sangam 2017 Gala at Chinese embassy
Ambassador of China Sun Weidong has said Silk Road has become a bridge of friendship between our two ancient civilizations.
Speaking on the occasion of Sangam 2017 Gala he said, the first Chinese Envoy Zhang Qian of Han Dynasty, eminent Monk Fa Xian and Xuan Zang have all left their footsteps and records here. Furthermore, we are pleased to see the traditional culture of the two countries are compatible and similar to each other. Pakistan believes that “Trust is more useful than wealth”, and China believes that “An untrustworthy person can not achieve success.” The Pakistani proverb says that a good neighbor is a blessing. The Chinese also say that a distant relative is not as good as a near neighbour.
He said, 40 years ago, a large number of Chinese construction workers came to Pakistan to build Karakoram Highway which is named China-Pakistan Friendship Road. Among them, 88 workers sacrificed their lives and were buried at the Chinese martyrs cemetery in Gilgit. They are the most lovely people. Today, we have two special guests from Gilgit, Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Hussain. They have been voluntary to caretake the Chinese martyrs cemetery for almost 40 years. They are the caretakers of the China-Pakistan friendship.
Speaking about China-Pakistan relations he said we have kept a momentum of sustained and in-depth development. It has become a model of cooperation in nation-to-nation relations. In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a historic state visit to Pakistan. In the last two years, the two sides have focused our work on implementing the outcomes of the visit as the main mandate of bilateral cooperation.
He said, as the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has entered the stage of Early Harvest. At present, 19 projects are under construction or completed, with a total investment of $ 18.5 billion. The Corridor projects have directly created nearly 20,000 local jobs most of them are young men. Chinese enterprises always lay emphasis on training the youth talents, actively provide training opportunities, and sponsor many young people to study in China.
Meanwhile, the cultural exchanges between two countries are continuously on the grow. In 2016, there were nearly 200,000 people visited each other’s country. 14 pairs of friendly provinces or cities are established. There are around 18,000 Pakistani students studying in China last year. The number of Pakistani students enjoying Chinese government scholarships is 5,081, ranking first in the world.
The Chinese ambassador said, since the Sangam Club was founded last year, more than 200 people, including teachers, students, medical staffs and journalists, have been invited to visit China by the Chinese Embassy. China-Pakistan friendship is a great cause which builds on the consensus of both countries and the two peoples. We enjoy all-weather relationship, and all-round cooperation. Our friendship has been unshakable and time-tested. It has grown from strength to strength, and is expanding by leaps and bounds.
Sun Weidong further said, as the old Chinese saying goes, “One branch can not make a tree and one tree can not make a forest alone.” China-Pakistan friendship can not make progress without the participation and support of the two peoples, especially the youths. The youths will be the main force to continuously push forward the friendship and common development of the two countries.