Remarks of the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani at the inauguration of Photographic exhibition on 28th
His Excellency Mr. Luo Zhaohui,
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a great pleasure for me to be present today in this impressive gathering to inaugurate the photographic exhibition on 60 years of Pak-China Relations and an exhibition on Chinese customs being held to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. I would like to extend, on behalf of people of Pakistan and on my own behalf, our warmest felicitations to our Chinese friends on this auspicious occasion.
The friendship between China and Pakistan is unique and multi-dimensional. It spans a vast spectrum of political, strategic, defence, cultural, economic and trade areas. We have untiringly and steadfastly built this ideal relationship over the span of past five decades. Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou En Lai together with late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto laid the foundations of our all weather friendship, which was further cemented by Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.
In addition to the strong bilateral relations, Pakistan and China have a common worldview on a host of issues, ranging from Taiwan to Tibet to human rights to a fair and just global order. Our friendship is based on complete trust, mutual understanding and shared aspirations for peace and progress.
The Chinese civilization has contributed enormously to the global culture through its ingenuity, richness, sagacity and diversity. The wisdom of the Chinese people is reflected in the sayings of the great sage Confucius. Throughout China, one can see the intricate craftsmanship of Chinese artisans in the jade carvings, lacquer ware, terracotta pottery, and the beautiful architecture of the Forbidden City, the engineering marvel of the Great Wall and the magnificence of Chinese opera.
Pakistan greatly values its friendship with China. We are committed to promoting and deepening our fraternal ties, including in the area of culture and people-to-people contacts. We feel that China is a factor of stability in the region and together we would continue our common endeavours for building a better future for our people and promoting international peace, stability and prosperity.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Chinese Embassy and the concerned Ministries must be commended for bringing us all together on this wonderful occasion.
Long live Pakistan-China Friendship.