Changes in international landscape has no impact on Sino-Pak friendship: Masood Khan

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan has said that despite massive changes in the international landscape during the past 60 years the friendship and brotherhood between Pakistan and China has remained strong. In his opening remarks at a seminar on ‘Progressing Sino-Pakistan All-Weather Relationship’ at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) on Thursday Ambassador Masood Khan said the spectacular journey of the legendary friendship between Pakistan and China started in May 1951. “We have already completed six decades of our diplomatic relations which have always been soaring to new heights,” he added.

Expressing his gratitude to the President of SIIS, Yang Jiemian for organizing a special event “Progressing Sino-Pakistan All-Weather Relationship” Ambassador Khan termed the SIIS a great seat of learning and research.
“A trip to Shanghai is incomplete without touching base with the SIIS which has become a symbol of Shanghai’s intellectual capital”, he remarked.
The event, he said has both symbolic and substantive value.
“We are so happy that the SIIS joins in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Pakistan China friendship. Equally importantly, today’s discussions will make contribution to strengthening of bilateral relations between our two countries”, Khan observed.
He pointed out that the world has moved on from the Cold War of the last century to information and communication revolution of 21st century.
“People ask the secret of the resilience and longevity of our relations. I say the relationship is energized by the most precious and scarce commodity in the inter-state relations, mutual trust,” Ambassador Khan maintained.
He held that Pakistan and China have shown over the years that they have solid trust in each other. “Moreover, we respect each other as nations, as people with distinct identities. We have stood by each other through thick and thin.
“We have not just been fair weather friends. We have been with each other in both fair and foul weather. That is why, we are all-weather and time-tested friends. We are good neighbours, fast friends, strategic partners, and dear brothers,” Khan observed.
He pointed out that “our relationship has a bright and great future. In 2011, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, we will lay the foundations for closer and more productive relations in the security, defence, economic and trade fields, as well as people to people contacts”.
He said that “we have many frameworks for this cooperation, but in his view the most important instrument for our relationship is the 2005 Treaty of Friendship.
“We as two neighbouring states are committed to the promotion of peace, stability and development in the region. Ours is therefore a benign union inspired by the noblest ideals. We are cooperating with each other to eliminate the scourge of terrorism. We hold defence and security talks regularly, and have a five-year development programme for promoting economic and trade relations,” he said.
He informed the participants that “we will institute a new energy cooperation mechanism. And we are taking a series of steps to promote people to people contacts”.
Coming back to the secret of the unique nature of Pakistan-China friendship, Ambassador Khan said these relations live and thrive in the hearts and minds of the people of the two countries; and to their credit, successive governments over the years have nurtured this bond.
On this occasion a host of other scholars also spoke in detail highlighting various facets of Sino-Pak all-weather, time-tested and ever-green strategic partnership.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Changes in international landscape has no impact on Sino-Pak friendship: Masood Khan.

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