The Pakistan-China diplomatic relations were established 70 years ago and with the passage of time, the friendship between the two countries has flourished in the hearts of the peoples of both countries.
Friday marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the bilateral relations and Pakistani officials, experts and the general public believe that the deep-rooted friendship is growing day by day and every coming generation cherishes the friendship even more than the previous one.
Now, many Pakistanis celebrate Chinese festivals like the Chinese New Year in their homes and schools every year, and many others get economic benefits from the growing economic cooperation between the two countries, which bear witness to the strengthening of relations.
Addressing a ceremony on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the friendship between the two countries a unique example in the world, which is more than just diplomatic ties and rests in the hearts of the Pakistani people despite cultural and language differences.
“Pakistanis believe that China is a friend which will always stand by them in their hard times, which developed an emotional association in their hearts with China,” PM Imran said.
Pakistani officials who witnessed Pakistan-China relationship from the early 1950s believe that the strong partnership of both multi-dimensional and geostrategic character has evolved over the years because the relationship was based on the strong love and affection of the people of the two countries for each other.
Sartaj Aziz, a retired diplomat and former de-facto foreign minister of Pakistan, has been to China for various official visits since the 1960s, and over the years he has seen development of strong diplomatic relations which paved the way for an even stronger people-to-people contact and business relations.