ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in an impressive ceremony on Tuesday, formally commenced celebrations on occasion of 70th year of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. The virtual ceremony was simultaneously held in Islamabad and Beijing and was attended by high ranking officials from both sides.
Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Qureshi said that, “we pay tribute to the Chinese leadership who has done an incredible job in changing the lives and destiny of its people. We believe that President Xi Jinping’s leadership, at a momentous history, has greatly helped Chinese nation achieve its national aspirations.”
“Successive generations of leaders and people of both Pakistan and China made invaluable contributions to strengthen these ties,” he added.
The foreign minister also reaffirmed that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was set to become a High-Quality Demonstration Project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
China Foreign Minister Wang Yi underlined that Pakistan-China friendship has a time-honored history and in the seven decades the two countries have stood together in rain or shine, and built an exceptional, iron-clad friendship.
A logo was launched at the ceremony epitomising Pakistan-China ties.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary, Pakistan and China have planned a series of events, including people-to-people exchanges, spread over the entire year to commemorate the historic milestone in a befitting manner.
Both foreign ministers authored articles highlighting how the two countries have deepened their “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” over seven decades, despite vicissitudes of times and changes in the international system.