BEIJING, October 17 — Pakistan and China are friends of all weather conditions who stood by each other in difficult times, and their partnership during the COVID-19 period was exemplary, said Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque said. on Saturday.
According to the ambassador, when the coronavirus hit China for the first time, Pakistan stood by China and sent a plane loaded with much-needed supplies, and the Pakistani president undertook a solidarity visit to China in March.
“By the time COVID-19 started to spread in Pakistan, China had helped us a lot,” ?? said the ambassador in an exclusive interview with China.org.cn. “We are grateful to China for critically supporting Pakistan in these difficult times.” ??
Pakistan and China are working closely together to develop COVID-19 vaccines, for which Phase 3 clinical trials are being conducted jointly by pharmaceutical companies from both countries in Pakistan, Haque said.
The construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has attracted much attention from within and outside the two countries.
The ambassador described the CPEC as a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and a strong pillar of China-Pakistan relations.
“This is a major project of infrastructure development, energy, transport and telecommunications,” ?? explains Haque. ‘In phase II we will focus on the areas of agriculture, industry, IT, science and technology and tourism. Special focus would be on socio-economic development and poverty alleviation. ”??
According to the ambassador, nine special economic zones are being established under the CPEC, where companies from China and other countries can set up business and manufacturing facilities.
The new important dimension of industrial cooperation under the CPEC will greatly help businessmen and investors from both countries, the ambassador said.
In recent years, Chinese and Pakistani authorities have been working on various cultural and educational exchange programs to strengthen bilateral ties.
The number of Pakistani students studying in China has tripled in the past seven years to about 28,000, making it the largest overseas contingent of Pakistani students in the world.
“We have also established a number of Pakistani study and Urdu language centers at many leading universities in China,” the ambassador explained. “Similarly, there are a number of Confucius institutes in Pakistan.” ??
These student exchanges and institutional ties are an important component of bilateral cooperation and help promote better understanding between the peoples of the two countries, Haque added.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
The ambassador said that Pakistan and China have always supported and supported unilateral international relations based on the UN Charter.
The ambassador explained: “The COVID-19 crisis, with its worldwide spread and impact, has once again emphasized the importance of collective effort and approach.
No country alone can face critical challenges such as health, pandemics, climate change and poverty. The international community must work together for the common good of mankind. ”??
Haque stressed that China and Pakistan will work together as responsible countries to promote international peace, solidarity and cooperation.
He also talked a lot about China’s success in fighting poverty. “In the process of opening up and reforming, China has lifted 800 million people out of poverty.
It has restored the dignity of its people by providing basic necessities like clean drinking water, decent work, housing and education. This is an unparalleled achievement in human history. ”??
According to the ambassador, Pakistan also focuses on socio-economic development, and has undertaken comprehensive poverty alleviation programs inspired by Chinese achievements. “We are learning from China’s experience and taking the necessary reforms to eradicate poverty from our country.” ??
‘In addition, China has also become a center for research and development, innovation and technological advancement in high quality products. It is a world champion of ‘People and the Planet’ with its leadership in the UN’s agenda for climate change and South-South cooperation, “?? says the ambassador.
Pakistan appreciates the continued efforts made by China, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, for a just and equitable global system, he added.
Next year is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. The ambassador said that the two countries are ‘Iron Brothers’, and said that dozens of high-level events and activities will be held to commemorate the special nature of the relationship.