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Remarks by Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong at the Reception Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Your Excellency President Mamnoon Hussain,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

        Aslam Alegum!

        Tonight, we get together to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. I’d like to extend my warm welcome to President Mamnoon Hussain and other distinguished guests for attending this reception.

        Your Excellency President, you are the old friend of the Chinese people. We are greatly honored that Your Excellency could grace this grand Reception tonight. I remember that on September 3, China successfully held the commemorative activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War in Beijing. President Mamnoon Hussain and Madam attended the commemorative activities. When the contingent of Pakistani troops passed through the Tiananmen Square, it received warm applause from the audience. This clearly showed the welcome and respect of the Chinese people to our “iron-brother”. It also reflected the profound and sincere friendship of our mutual support and close cooperation.

        Ladies and gentlemen,

        Over the past 66 years and in particular the recent 3 decades, great changes have taken place in China. The Chinese economy has entered into the new normal and China will continue to deepen reforms and expand opening-up. We attach more importance to the quality and efficiency of economic growth as well as innovation. China is able and confident to maintain steady and relatively rapid development of its economy.

        China and the world have become increasingly connected and interdependent than ever before. China will continue to be an important engine of the world economic growth. China is forever the significant force of maintaining the world peace and stability. China’s peaceful development means great opportunities to all countries including Pakistan. We are ready to work together with all the countries and people to carry out win-win cooperation and achieve common development.

        Ladies and gentlemen,

        Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to Pakistan in April. Both sides agreed to uplift the bilateral relations to the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, which means that China-Pakistan relations have entered into the new stage of grand and vigorous development. As the major and pilot project of the Initiative of Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has entered into implementation from early planning. The CPEC is a long-term ongoing project which requires unremitting efforts from our both sides. Undoubtedly, CPEC will bring benefits to the people of our two countries and also help promote the regional development.

        This year is the Year of China-Pakistan Friendly Exchanges. Extensive exchanges and cooperation have been carried out in the fields of politics, trade and economy, culture, science and technology, etc. with so many highlights. China-Pakistan Culture Center was inaugurated and the third Confucius Institute was launched in Faisalabad. I am very pleased to tell everybody that the Chinese Consulate General in Lahore is to be officially inaugurated soon, direct flight by Air China between Beijing and Islamabad will be launched in the near future, and more facilitation will be offered to the visa application of the Pakistanis who participate in the CPEC projects. These measures will surely promote the interaction between our two peoples, and further deepen our mutual understanding and friendship. This evening, we are pleased to present to you the culture performance by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Troupe. We hope you enjoy it.

        Ladies and gentlemen,

        China always puts the China-Pakistan relationship as the priority of its foreign policy. This policy will never change. During the visit, President Xi Jinping said that, if two brothers get united, they can even work together to cut through a metal. The people of our two countries are brothers and we share the same goal, that is to achieve peace, stability, development and prosperity. Let’s make joint efforts to deepen China-Pakistan friendship, realize our common dreams, and achieve the goal of the Community of China-Pakistan Shared Destiny at an early date!

        Chin Pak Dosdi Zindabad!


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