China and Pakistan have been intertwined in a relationship that has stood the test of time. Originating in the early 1950s, this partnership has blossomed into a strategic alliance, with both nations referring to each other as “iron brothers.” The recent insights from the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, not only showcase the depths of this relationship but also China’s invaluable contributions to the broader global community.
The journey of China-Pakistan relations is a testament to enduring brotherhood and trust. Rooted over seven decades ago, the foundations of this bond have been meticulously nurtured, growing into a robust strategic alliance. Pakistan, with utmost conviction, cherishes this relationship, often referring to China as its closest ally. China reciprocates these sentiments, with the special term “Ba Tie” (Iron Brother) reserved exclusively for Pakistan.
The enduring friendship between Pakistan and China benefits both nations immensely and stands as a testament to their shared historical choices. This steadfast alliance remains a pivotal aspect of Pakistan’s foreign diplomacy, enjoying unwavering public support.
Throughout history, our nations have weathered storms together, creating an exemplary bond. Despite global challenges and shifting geopolitical landscapes, this partnership, deeply embedded in the hearts of both peoples, stands unwavering. It’s a bond that is poetic in its strength, surpassing the grandeur of mountains and the depths of oceans in its intensity.
Zhou Enlai, China’s pioneering premier, once noted the age-old friendly interactions between the peoples of both countries. Undoubtedly, the ties between China and Pakistan extend back to ancient civilizations. The once-bustling Silk Road and geographical closeness intertwined our destinies. Eminent monks and intellectuals from China traveled to notable Buddhist sites in Pakistan, fusing the magnificent Gandhara civilization’s essence with Buddhist teachings. Such interactions solidified the time-honored bond between our nations.
The evolution of the China-Pakistan alliance in the current regional and global context serves as a paradigm for inter-state relations. Spanning over seven decades, this unique bond, strengthened by mutual political support and trust, has evolved into a significant strategic partnership.
The Prime Minister’s impending visit to Beijing for the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is of monumental significance. This event celebrates a decade of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a visionary undertaking by President Xi Jinping.
We laud President Xi’s foresight in conceiving the idea of a global community built on shared futures. This concept not only champions international development and global cooperation but also offers a revamped model for global governance. Central to this vision is socio-economic advancement, highlighting inclusivity, mutual prosperity, and cooperation. Rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy, this vision resonates with the notion of “tianxia datong” or “harmony under heaven,” underscoring global interdependence and harmony.
Recent policy documents by China’s State Council highlight BRI’s significance in this shared global future. With the introduction of concepts like the Global Development Initiative (GDI), Global Security Initiative (GSI), and Global Civilization Initiative (GCI), the shared global future vision has been enriched further.
Pakistan’s early adoption of the BRI is noteworthy. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the BRI’s crowning jewel, has metamorphosed Pakistan-China relations, prioritizing economic ties and connectivity. CPEC has been instrumental in Pakistan’s socio-economic transformation, ensuring energy security, modern infrastructure, and job creation. As we celebrated CPEC’s decade of success, we were honored to host Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng, President Xi’s special envoy.
Pakistan is unwavering in its commitment to CPEC’s growth, endorsing China’s vision of transforming CPEC into a corridor representing growth, innovation, and green development.
Pakistan, being an early member of the Group of Friends of the GDI, is primed to benefit from its objectives of education, healthcare, climate action, and poverty alleviation, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Pakistan staunchly supports the Global Security Initiative, embodying principles of multilateralism, non-interference, and the UN Charter. Championing dialogue and mutual respect, Pakistan seeks peace in South Asia.
The Global Civilization Initiative by President Xi promotes mutual respect and inclusivity. In an era marked by global unrest, inter-civilizational dialogues promise peace and understanding.
Pakistan’s diplomatic vision aligns with these initiatives, staying true to our founding principles of internal and external peace.
In an era characterized by global challenges, from economic downturns to climate change, the China-Pakistan alliance’s importance cannot be overstated. This relationship, cherished by both nations, promotes regional peace and global stability.
We remain steadfast in our mutual support, appreciating China’s stance on pivotal issues like Kashmir, while Pakistan continues to support China’s core issues, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xizang (Tibet), Xinjiang, and the South China Sea.
As strategic partners, both nations are on a shared journey towards a brighter future. We are optimistic that our alliance will soar to unprecedented heights in the years ahead.
In summation, long may the Pakistan-China friendship prosper!