Pakistan and China are “two brothers” who have nurtured the evergreen tree of mutual friendship for years, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday as he congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In his message on the occasion, Sharif paid deep tribute to the leaders and people of both countries who worked hard to transform this unparalleled friendship into a cooperative strategic partnership and an iron fist.
“China and Pakistan are two brothers,” he said, adding that “the leadership and people of the two countries have nurtured this evergreen tree of friendship for the last 61 years.”
Sharif noted that no untoward incident, storm or violence in global politics could create any wounds in this iron bond.
Claiming that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) provides a strong foundation for economic cooperation, poverty alleviation and connectivity, Sharif said, “The project is a symbol and a guarantee. A bright future for the next generation.”
He is determined to take this economic bond, cooperation and mutual trust of the two Iron Brothers to new heights.
The ambitious USD 60 billion CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer stretch of infrastructure projects connecting China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the port of Gwadar in the western Pakistani province of Balochistan. India has protested to China over the CPEC as it is being set up through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK).
Paying tribute to the three Chinese scholars killed in the terrorist attack on Karachi University last month, Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s determination to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
On the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi extended a special invitation to his new Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to visit China from Saturday and review the entire course of bilateral relations.