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The Speech by H.E. Mr. Sun Weidong at the Farewell Reception

October 9, 2017

Honorable Mr. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan,

Honorable Ministers, Parliamentarians and Ambassadors,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

Aslam Alegum and good afternoon to you all.

It is my great honour to invite His Excellency Mr. Sadiq and all the distinguished guests to attend this farewell reception. It is time to say goodbye. But more importantly, Diana and I would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to you and friends not present here for your love, support and trust to us and to my colleagues in the Chinese Embassy.

Recently, I am often asked of the most touching moment during my stay in Pakistan. I would like to invite you to look at a picture shown in the PPT just now. It was taken two years ago when I was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the China Study Center at COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology. During the ceremony, all the members of the China Study Center took solemn oaths to devote their whole lives to the cause of China-Pakistan friendship.

It is my first time to lead a group of foreign friends to take oaths. Whenever I recalled their resounding voices and staunch eyes, my heart was filled with warmth. It drives me with enormous strength because I know that there are so many friends like them who are committed to the grand mission of China-Pakistan friendship. In this regards, I must thank your all for your valuable contribution to the friendship between China and Pakistan!

The PPT we watched just now is a sketch of work and life me and Diana had in Pakistan. Looking back over the past 1,500 plus days and nights, we have done lot of meaningful things, made plenty of friends, and are generously rewarded. From the holy Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum of Karachi to the beautiful valley of Swat, from the spectacular castle of Lahore to the blue sea of Gwadar, I have appreciated the beautiful natural scenery of Pakistan, witnessed the diligence and courage of the people on land and the development of the country.

I think I'm very lucky. I am very fortunate to be the Ambassador of China to Pakistan in my first tenure as the Ambassador. China and Pakistan are "Iron brothers". The relationship between our two countries is a model of state-to-state relations. It is my glorious mission to contribute to the friendship between China and Pakistan.

I am very fortunate to work for the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic state visit to Pakistan in 2015. The leaders of the two countries agreed to uplift our bilateral relationship to all-weather strategic partnership. It opened a new chapter of the great development of bilateral relations. The two countries have expanded our exchanges and cooperation in various fields such as politics, trade and business, culture, science and technology, education, security, defense and on international and regional affairs.

I am very fortunate to witness the birth and growth of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Under the joint guidance and support of our two leaders, CPEC has progressed smoothly in s short span of four years and entered the stage of Early-harvest. It is our pride to see CPEC has become the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative. The economic and social benefits of CPEC will continue to increase, which will benefit the people of two countries and the region.

I am very fortunate to witness the remarkable development of Pakistan in the four years time. Its economic growth has accelerated. The problem of power shortage has been eased. At the same time, Pakistan has taken series of measures to effectively curb the spread of terrorism. The security situation in the country has been significantly improved. Confidence in the public are picking up towards the future.

I am also very fortunate to make brotherly friendship with friends from all walks of life in Pakistan. We will never forget the greetings from the grave keepers of the Chinese martyrs' cemetery in Gilgit. We will never forget the New Year greeting cards made by Pakistani pupils. We will never forget the dignified salute of the Pakistani military and police. We will not forget the familiar greetings of "nihao" everywhere we went in Pakistan... These will be the most cherished memories of me and Diana.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

Great fortune never comes by accident. It is the result of our joint endeavor. Only through our concerted efforts, can we overcome the difficulties and turn our ideals into reality. Just as an old Chinese saying goes, “When the two brothers are of one mind, they can cut through any metal.”

In the context of profound changes in the world, China and Pakistan must seize the historical opportunity presented to us. We should fully materialize the outcomes of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan. We should further construct the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and promote pragmatic cooperation in various fields. Furthermore, we must enhance all-round exchanges, so that China-Pakistan friendship can be more deeply rooted. I am convinced that with the support of all the friends, we will surely upgrade China-Pakistan friendship to a new level. The goal of building China-Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny will come true.

This month, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held in Beijing. Under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, the Chinese people will make tireless efforts to realize the “Two Centenary Goals” and the Chinese Dream of great rejuvenation of the nation. China’s development presents opportunities and driving forces to the development of the world. We welcome Pakistan and all the other countries to take ride of China's development.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

Diana and I will return to China very soon. We will always remember our days in Pakistan, and miss every friend we made here. In the future, no matter where we are, we will extend our best wishes to Pakistan’s development and prosperity, we will support for stronger China-Pakistan friendship, and we will pray for your health and happiness.

Once again, thank you all. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Last but not the least, I hope you can extend the same support to my successor as you have given to me.

May I wish China-Pakistan friendship last forever!

Thank you all !

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