World Bulletin / News Desk
President of China Xi Jinping in a historic address to the joint session of Parliament, saying Islamabad stood by Beijing at a time when it stood isolated on the world stage.
Jinping began his address by extending warm greetings and best wishes to the "brotherly people of Pakistan" on behalf of the 1.3 billion people of China.
"Pakistan and China’s struggles have brought their hearts and minds together," he said.
Jinping referred to the assistance offered by the two countries to one another in the events of natural disasters.
China's president said Pakistan was the first foreign country that he visit this year and his first visit to Pakistan, but Pakistan was not at all unfamiliar to him.
"It has made tremendous efforts and endured enormous sacrifice."
He also lauded Islamabad's anti-terror efforts, saying Pakistan had shown great character and courage in the face of adversity. "Pakistan has stood on the frontline in the international fight against terrorism," said Jinping.
President Jinping said he and his colleagues have been overwhelmed with the warm welcome extended to them by Pakistan. "During my current visit, President Mamnoon Hussain, PM Sharif and I jointly agreed to elevate China-Pakistan relations to an all-weather strategic partnership," he said.
Jinping arrived at the Parliament House on Tuesday where he addressed a joint session of the National Assembly (NA) and the Senate on the second and last day of his visit to Pakistan.
Regarded as a historic visit, Jinping's trip to Pakistan is being viewed as one of game-changing proportions with the region’s developing geo-strategic landscape. It comes at a time when Tehran and the west have successfully managed a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme and as Islamabad treads a tricky terrain over its position on the conflict in Yemen.
PM Nawaz: This is the year of Pak-China friendship
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his gratitude to the Chinese president and his delegation for their visit to Pakistan.
"You are not just a friend from afar, but one who is so close to our heart," he said.
The premier acknowledge Mr Jinping's strong association with Pakistan. "We are friends forever. We are close friends, dear brothers and trusted partners," he said.
Talking about the mega-project of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, "It is a catalytic project that will help us combine the geo-economic streams of our countries."
"The corridor symbolises our commitment to create win-win partnerships which threaten none and benefit all," he further said.
The premier said young entrepreneurs, academics, media persons, teachers, students and professionals from both countries will sustain their friendship and make it even more productive.
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