Published: 20:04, May 21, 2024 | Updated: 20:31, May 21, 2024
73 years lead to timeless bond of Pakistan-China brotherhood
By Syed Ali Nawaz Gilani

Pakistan and China share a bond that goes beyond mere diplomacy. It's a partnership rooted in mutual interests and shared aspirations for regional stability and economic prosperity.

Pakistan and China’s diplomatic journey, which commenced on the 21st of May 1951, has transcended time, evolving into a formidable alliance with each passing day and year. This cherished relationship, rooted in mutual recognition and respect, has blossomed into an All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership, epitomizing the unwavering commitment of both nations’ leadership to propel it forward. Pakistan, among the first nations to embrace the People’s Republic of China, holds China dear as its Iron Brother, while China, in turn, cherishes Pakistan as one of its closest friends and partners. This deep-seated camaraderie is underpinned by feelings of mutual trust, respect, and goodwill, fostering a regular exchange of high-level visits and strategic consultations between the two neighbors.

Economically, China’s stature as Pakistan’s largest trading partner and a major investor, particularly in infrastructure and energy sectors, amplifies the bilateral synergy. The official launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project under China-led Belt and Road initiative, marks a significant milestone, elevating the bilateral relationship to unprecedented heights.

CPEC, envisioned to enhance connectivity and infrastructure, has catalyzed monumental developments, fostering socio-economic prosperity and job creation across Pakistan. As Pakistan and China continue to script a narrative of unparalleled friendship and cooperation, their enduring partnership serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring a more harmonious global community.

Pakistan's diplomatic ties with China have stood the test of time, evolving into a robust alliance with multifaceted dimensions. Throughout the years, their partnership has become a cornerstone of regional stability and economic growth. Through thick and thin, China and Pakistan have stood by each other, forging a bond based on trust, respect, and mutual benefit.

As they continue to navigate the complexities of global politics, the China-Pakistan relationship remains a beacon of stability and cooperation in an ever-changing world.

Worth mentioning that Pakistan and China’s diplomatic relations have evolved into a multifaceted partnership with several key aspects driving their enduring bond.

Firstly, their strategic partnership stands as a pillar of regional stability, with both nations collaborating closely on security, defense, and counterterrorism efforts.

Secondly, economic cooperation forms a cornerstone of their relationship, with China emerging as a major investor in Pakistan’s infrastructure projects, notably through the CPEC.

Thirdly, military cooperation between the two countries is robust, encompassing joint exercises, technology transfer, and defense collaboration.

Fourthly, China consistently extends diplomatic support to Pakistan on various international platforms, while Pakistan aligns itself with China on matters of mutual interest.

Fifthly, people-to-people ties foster cultural exchanges, educational collaborations, and tourism, strengthening the bond between the peoples of both nations beyond official channels.

As Pakistan and China celebrate the anniversary of their diplomatic relations, these five aspects underscore the depth and resilience of their friendship. In an ever-evolving geopolitical landscape, the enduring friendship between China and Pakistan serves as a beacon of stability and cooperation.

As both countries navigate complex global challenges and opportunities, their shared commitment to each other highlights the importance of fostering genuine relationships in the realm of international politics. By continuing to stand by each other, China and Pakistan set a commendable example for the world on how genuine friendship can transcend borders and contribute to a more harmonious global community.

 

The author is Secretary General of the Pakistan China Friendship Association’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter.

 

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