China’s Consulate General hosted a reception in Lahore to celebrate China’s seventy-fourth National Day – celebrated annually on October 1 to commemorate formal proclamation of the establishment of the republic on October 1, 1949, by Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong.
China’s Acting Consul General Cao Ke and other consulate officials received Punjab Governor Baligh-Ur-Rehman, Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, former Minister for Foreign Affairs Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, caretaker provincial ministers Dr Javaid Akram, and Azfar Ali Nasir, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Kashif Anwar, former National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood, and prominent business and media persons at Crystal Hall of the Pearl Continental Hotel.
Addressing the audience, China’s acting consul general said that China has impressed the global community with remarkable accomplishments in many areas such as infrastructure, technological innovation, aerospace technology, ecological development and sports, apart from the rapid economic growth. “We believe that all our incredible achievements serve as a great source of pride and inspiration for all Chinese nationals,” he said.
He said that China always puts Pakistan on priority in its neighborhood diplomacy and the two countries firmly support each other’s core interests no matter how the global landscape changes. Over the past 72 years, “we have built exemplary fraternity on consensus, mutual respect and reciprocal support, rather than banking on parochial interests, short-term benefits or mere geopolitics.”
Mohsin Naqvi said that the friendship between Pakistan and China has a long history and cooperation in various fields has been deepening, and cultural exchanges between Punjab and China have continued to expand. He said that his government hopes to learn from China’s expertise and technology in smog control and environmental protection, and to work with the Consulate General to strengthen cooperation.
On the occasion, speakers pointed out that when Pakistan was handling the extraordinary financial and economic challenges featured by a paucity of foreign exchange reserves and daunting external debt repayment, China came firstly and immediately to loan, deposit and rollover, rendering much-needed assistance for Pakistan’s financial stabilization.
Under guidance of the Pakistani and Chinese leadership, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become a lifeline and game changer for socioeconomic transformation of this South Asian nation, they said. they pointed out that the CPEC projects have created direct jobs and employment opportunities for local people, while tackling the infrastructural and power supply deficits and enhancing industrial cooperation.