All weather friends China and Pakistan celebrate anniversary of diplomatic ties

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday exchanged greetings on the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between their countries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP

China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners of cooperation, and China-Pakistan ties have stood the test of the changing international and domestic situations in the past 65 years, Xinhua News Agency quoted Xi as saying in a message to Hussain.

China-Pakistan relations have maintained a strong momentum and the two countries have witnessed progress in practical cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, he said.

Pakistan is an important partner in the Belt and Road Initiative, and the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will lay a solid foundation for the shaping of a community of shared destiny for the two nations, he said.

Hussain, in his message to Xi, said: "China has always proved to be an iron brother, steadfast friend and a reliable partner of Pakistan."

"Our long-standing and ever-growing partnership is based on mutual respect, trust and shared values," he said.

"It is a time to cherish the past achievements and look ahead towards our future aspirations and dreams," the President said.

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Updated Date: May 21, 2016 15:48:52 IST

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