Beijing, 18 March 2020 – Abdul Rehman Chudhary:
President Dr. Arif Alvi’s visit to China is aimed at reassuring the Chinese people that the government and people of Pakistan firmly stand by them in combating the novel coronavirus, Pakistan Ambassador to China, Naghmana Hashmi said.
“President Alvi has decided to undertake a solidarity visit at this critical moment to express condolences to the bereaved families and to pay tribute to the courage and determination of the Chinese people for putting up a heroic fight against the epidemic,” she told local media, China Economic Net reported on Wednesday.
Since the start of the outbreak, Pakistan has expressed unanimous support and solidarity for China’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.
Both houses of the Pakistani Parliament also passed resolutions expressing firm support and solidarity with the Chinese people and government.
According to the Foreign Ministry, as one of first countries that provided medical protective assistance to China, Pakistan donated to China all of its inventory masks in hospitals nationwide.
China delivered 50,000 liters of insecticide and 14 sprayers to Pakistan on March 9 to tackle the plague of locusts, together with a shipment of coronavirus testing kits.
The Pakistani ambassador said that the epidemic situation in China has immensely improved and the number of infections are minimizing due to the effective measures the Chinese government has taken, which are now being recognized and replicated all around the world.
Hashmi noted that the ever-increasing economic and trade integration between Pakistan and China has made the two economies more interdependent, especially in the context of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC), a flagship program under the Belt and Road Initiative.
According to the ambassador, while the ancient Silk Road enabled the flow of goods, people, ideas and knowledge between the two countries for millennia, enhanced connectivity is bringing the two peoples closer.
“I believe that there are immense opportunities for further deepening our bilateral cooperation for a shared and prosperous future,” she said.