Pakistan-China Friendship: Re-Affirming regional and Global Peace, Stability, and Prosperity

Pakistan-China diplomatic relations established on 21 May 1951. Since then the relations kept on growing over time. Although, both countries having different political systems, different religions, different races, yet the bond of friendship was so strong that it grew continually.

In the history of seven decades, there is no single occasion, where two nations have a difference of opinion on any issue. There is always complete harmony between the two countries. Although, two countries were having various domestic ups and downs, like China passed through culture revolution, opening up policies, reforms, etc., and Pakistan passed several times of political turmoil like Martial Laws, Civilians democratic government of different political parties with diverse ideologies, but the relations between the two countries were evergreen. That is called “All-weather” friendship.

Both countries supported each other on all domestic, regional, and global issues like; Pakistan supports China on Taiwan Issue, Hong Kong Issue, Tibet, and Xinjiang on the domestic front, while China supports Pakistan on Kashmir, Baluchistan, and Terrorism, etc. Both countries having identical views on regional and global issues like; Syria-War, Palestine-Israel issue, Ukraine issue, and the South China Sea, etc. We voted in close consultations with each other on various resolution discussed in the UN. We stood with each other on all critical moments and supported each other – that is called “Time-tested” friends.

Our cooperation in Education, culture, S&T, Defense, Trade, Agriculture, Industry, economy, and social sector has remarkable achievements. In the current outbreak of COVID-19, cooperation in the health sector was witnessed. We support each other in all sectors of life – that is called “All-Dimensions” friendship.

In fact our friendship is higher than mountains, deeper than ocean, Sweater than Honey and stronger than Steel.

Against the Western theory of “Interests makes friends or foes in the international affairs”, the relations ship between China and Pakistan are based on pure-friendship – Eastern philosophy. When China was passing through the various crisis in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Pakistan was comparatively well-off and advance, but our friendship with China was very good at that time too. Now, when Pakistan is facing a worst economic crisis, the menace of terrorism, and political issues, and China has emerged as the second-largest economy, one of the most prosperous nations, and geopolitical power, the relations between the two countries are as good as ever.

In the mid-1950s, when the US and allies imposed an economic blockade of China, though Pakistan was very close to the US but protected Chinese interests. During the US-led anti-Communism drive, even Pakistan was the partner of the US in the cold war but always protected Chinese interest simultaneously. Pakistan’s role in the establishment of Sino-US relations was acknowledged, and lauded by whole world. Pakistan’s role was crucial in President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, which led to the normalizations of relations.

Pakistan was a close non-NATO ally with the US in the cold war era or Afghan War or War on terror but never compromised its relations with China. Under the current extremely volatile geopolitics, where the US and China are in a front-to-front direct confrontation. It is Pakistan, who can play any positive role. The US deep state understands Pakistan’s geopolitical importance very well and knows Pakistan’s true potential. If they are serious, they may seek Pakistan’s role in the diffusion of tension amicably.

Fortunately, the PM Imran Khan is a peace-loving, visionary, and forward-looking leader and willing to be a partner with any nation or country in Peace. It is his declared policy not to be a partner with anyone in War or confrontation. His open offer of being a partner in peace with anyone, should not be undermined. The US may not lose this opportunity and miss a chance of averting a big disaster. As any escalation between the US and China can lead to a big disaster for the whole world.

While celebrating the 70th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, we re-affirm our strong-commitment to play a positive role for regional, and global peace, stability, and prosperity. Long lives the China-Pakistan eternal friendship.

Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.