Pakistan, China mark 70 years of diplomatic relations

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Commemorative stamp unveiled to re-emphasize Pak-China friendship which is ‘higher than Himalaya’


Zubair Qureshi
Islamabad

In order to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, colourful commemorative postage stamps worth Pak Rs20 each were unveiled on Friday.

Ambassador of China Nong Rong and Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed jointly launched the postage stamps.

“The issuance of the commemorative stamps marking the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations reflects the time-tested, everlasting friendly relations between Pakistan and China,” said Murad Saeed while addressing the ceremony.

These friendly relations, he said, were higher than Himalayas and deeper than oceans.

Murad Saeed said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a joint venture going to change the future course of history in the region in terms of the socio-economic development.

For both the countries and the region, the CPEC would be a game-changer, said Murad Saeed.

Ambassador Nong Rong while expressing gratitude to the Ministry of Communication for launching the commemorative stamps termed the China-Pak relations were destined to improve the socio-economic conditions of the entire region.

Federal Secretary Communications Zafar Hassan and Director General of the Pakistan Post, Khalid Javed were also present on the occasion.

The commemorative stamps show respectively ports of Pakistan and China—Gwadar and Zhuhai.

Gwadar Port, a deep sea port located at the shores of the Arabian Sea in the western province of Balochistan and a part of the CPEC has the huge commercial, trading and logistical potential.

With the help of the Chinese companies, after becoming operational, this port provides shortest link to Central Asian States, Afghanistan, and Russia.

Various development projects are underway at Gwadar including Eastbay Expressway, New Gwadar International Airport and 300-MW Gwadar Power Plant.

Their completion will lead to economic dividends not only for Pakistan but also the entire region.