Islamabad: China’s biggest web portal, People’s Daily Online has published three pictorial articles in its today’s edition praising Pakistan-China friendship and cooperation in various fields including diplomacy, defense and strategic cooperation over the last six decades, says a press release received here today from China.
The articles have brief write-ups in which Pakistan China friendship has been hailed along with a total of 72 pictures. These include pictures of the leadership of the two countries, jointly made defense equipment including JF-17 frigates, Naval Ships and Heavy Mechanical Complex in Taxila as well as the 300-kw Chashma nuclear power plant and Jinnah Sports Stadium Islamabad.
The paper said these are significant milestones in Pakistan-China friendship and regarded them as “fruits of Pakistan-China cooperation.”
The pictures of diplomatic friendship include photos of the older leadership such as Chairman Mao Zedong, Zhu Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Ayub Khan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed as well as the current leadership including Presidents Asif Ali Zardari, Hu Jintao and Prime Ministers Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Wen Jiabao.
The online paper makes reference to a historic quote of Chairman Mao Zedong dated May 21, 1951, the day when Pakistan and China established diplomatic relations. He said: “China and Pakistan have long-term friendship, and both the countries have common aspirations of facilitating bilateral economy, developing cultural relations and striving for permanent peace in Asia and the world.”
People’s Daily Online is the web version of People’s Daily China’s most influential newspaper which belongs to the ruling Communist Party of China and has an average of 200 million hits every day.
Currently a five-member delegation of People’s Daily Online is on a week-long tour of Pakistan to interview the top leadership of the country.
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