Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Courtesy:- MALIK MUHAMMAD ASHRAF
Celebrating a multi faceted and enduring friendship
The longstanding diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China established on 21 May 1951-in the wake of Mao Tse Tung’s take over – against the wishes of the western countries have withstood the test of time and grown into an enduring, multifaceted, deep-rooted friendship which would perhaps require a new diplomatic phrase to be described. Both the countries are celebrating 65th anniversary of relations between them this year – and rightly so.
This friendship is underpinned by mutual trust and confidence. Close identity of views and mutuality of interests remains the hallmark of the bilateral ties. Despite the fact that Pakistan was a US ally, the development of relations with China has been the corner stone of its foreign policy. It was due to Pakistan’s alliance with US and strong ties with China that enabled it to facilitate the end of China’s isolation by orchestrating rapprochement between China and US. Pakistan has also been supporting China on all issues of importance to the latter, especially those related to the question of China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and other sensitive matters such as human rights. The Chinese leaders do appreciate Pakistan’s steadfast and unqualified support on issues of Chinese concern.
“Infrastructure is the most important ingredient in kick starting the process of sustained economic growth in any country. Most of the Asian countries do not have the basic infrastructure to further their economic ambitions and they also lack the necessary resources to develop it.”