Muhammad Zamir Assadi
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 4: Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong while eulogizing the ever-green towering Sino-Pak friendship introduced a new phrase in the bilateral ties, stating ‘it is as pure and sincere as the ever-flowing water’.
Addressing a function here, he stated “the friendship between men of noble characters is as pure as water”. Water is beneficial for all things, without striving for fame and gain. “The highest ethics is like water”. It is not only the summary of Chinese virtue but also the interpretation of China-Pakistan friendship.
He cited famous Chinese saying, the sea can hold the water stemming from numerous rivers and it’s huge because of its inclusiveness. If we put the China-Pakistan relationship as the surging Yangtze River and Indus River, the tens of thousands of streams converged into the Rivers are actually the good feelings deeply rooted in the hearts of our two peoples. In Pakistan, as long as people could recognize you as Chinese, they will say “ni hao” and “xie xie” to you while their smiles sincerely to you.
Like the streams may flow through rocks and valleys, mountains and forests, and even remote areas, the Pakistani people may have different backgrounds of habitants, cultures and languages, but it is the consensus of all the Pakistani people to support the China-Pakistan friendship. Because of this consensus, the China-Pakistan friendship could eventually transform into a big river which crosses over the forests, plains and enrich all the living creatures.
Hundreds of years ago, a famous Chinese poet in the Song Dynasty said, why is the water so clear in the dyke? That is because there is always fresh water coming from the springhead. Standing on the shoulders of the veterans, the young generations from our two countries are bringing fresh water into the China-Pakistan friendship.
With the implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, people-to-people exchanges and the progress of a number of substantive cooperation projects, more and more young people have joined the ranks of participating and supporting China-Pakistan friendship. Right now, there has emerged new vocabulary on China-Pakistan friendship such as iron brothers,” and there is an upsurge among the Pakistani young people to learn Chinese. Indeed, fresh vitality has been brought out of the China-Pakistan friendship.
History is like the tide of water that always rolling forward. The peaceful development, people’s well-being, openness and inclusiveness, win-win cooperation are the irresistible historical trend. China-Pakistan friendship is such great tide in line with the historical trend. We must follow the trend and promote our cooperation with the trend, the ambassador added.
(Muhammad Zamir Assadi is a journalist based in Pakistan. He writes opinions on different national and international issues including foreign relations, conflict zones and war on terror. )Connect him at: firstname.lastname@example.org