Pakistan sees bright future in cooperation with China: Ambassador Haque
BEIJING: Pakistan sees a bright future in the cooperation and friendship of China, as the two are celebrating a remarkable anniversary, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moin-ul-Haque said, while showing firm support for China’s fight against the pandemic.
“We reject all instigations, politicisation or standardisation. Any Covid-19 virus tracing has to rest on scientific data,” he said in an interview with the China Daily.
The ambassador praised China’s efforts in battling the virus, calling for countries to work together to tackle the crisis.
Through its campaign, China has taken effective measures to control the pandemic, and the people and the government of China have shown the unity and discipline needed to resolve the problem, which is another example for the world to follow, he added.
Ambassador Haque also said that it would be very unfair for some countries to hold vaccines, as there are still many poor or developing countries lacking doses.
“We want the countries, especially major rich and developed countries, to take this responsibility to help the poor or developing countries,” Ambassador Haque said.
“This is a time for solidarity. This is a time for cooperation. No country alone can address this challenge,” he said, adding that as for Pakistan-China relations, he said he is “very hopeful and very confident” that the relationship is going to be strengthened and the cooperation between the two countries will become more solid and pragmatic in various fields.
“Our future is voiced for greater heights. There is a consensus between our two leaderships that the China-Pakistan relationship is of strategic importance,” Ambassador Haque said when Pakistan celebrated its 75th Independence Day, which falls on August 14.
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan, and the diplomat said it is an opportunity not only to look back at what the two have achieved but also to look forward to future development.
Speaking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Ambassador Haque said that the cooperation has changed the landscape in Pakistan, helping the country with its economic development and connecting it with a border region.
“It (the corridor) is contributing to the prosperity and peace in the region, and we are really grateful to China for its support to Pakistan,” he said.
“Especially during this Covid-19 pandemic, China has stood with us, provided us medical support, and now gives us vaccines.”
In the past 70 years, the ambassador said Pakistan and China have stood with each other no matter whether in good or bad times, and the relationship has now grown to a higher level.
The ambassador expressed the hope that in the future the two countries can further strengthen cooperation in the field of investment, agriculture and high-tech, as well as people-to-people communications.
“I, along with my team, with the support of my government and the Chinese government, are trying our best to make the relationship more solid in the years to come,” he added.
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