Xi cherishes ties with Pakistan

-Hails China, Pakistan bilateral cooperation
-Reaffirms resolve to further strengthen ties
-Says Pak-China friendship is time tested
-States China-Pakistan desire peaceful region
-Extends birthday wishes to Pakistani Premier

By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday hailed China, Pakistan bilateral ties and extended birthday wishes to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In his letter, President Xi Jinping congratulated PM Imran Khan on his 68th birthday and reaffirmed his government’s firm resolve to further strengthen the all-weather close ties between Pakistan and China.
Pak-China friendship is time tested, he said and added that whatever the situation evolves, Pak-China friendship will continue.
Pakistan and China will work together for progress, prosperity and peace in the region, the president added. He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will play vital role in the development of the region.
Earlier on October 5, #HappyBirthdayPMImranKhan had become the top Twitter trend in Pakistan as Prime Minister Imran Khan turned 68 years old that day.
Social media platforms had been flooded with birthday wishes for PM Imran Khan as he turned 68 today. Political leaders, celebrities, fans and PTI supports had taken to social networking platforms to wish the prime minister on his birthday.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, now the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan was born on 5th of October 1952 to a well-off Pashtun family in Mianwali.
Meanwhile, Thursday marks the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional holiday for family reunion in China.
Coincidentally, this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival overlaps with China’s National Day, marking a good occasion to celebrate the love for the family and for the nation.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has, on many occasions, stressed the interconnectedness between families and the country, calling on people to value the family, carry on family virtues and dedicate themselves to the country.
The following are some highlights of his quotes:
— The Chinese people have traditionally been combining their love for the family with that for the country. They value working for the common good and putting duty before self; they are convinced that everyone takes a share of responsibility for the country’s rise and fall.
— The Chinese nation has always valued the family. As an ancient saying goes: “The state is essential under Heaven. The family is essential for the state.” A harmonious family will prosper.
— The family is the basic unit of society and the first school that we attend in life. Regardless of how the times change, or how our lives are transformed, we must remain committed to laying emphasis on the family, family education and fine family traditions.
— A prosperous and strong nation and the national rejuvenation are embodied by the happiness of the families and the improvement of hundreds of millions of people’s lives. A nation can do well only when families do well.
— We should combine our love for families with our love for the nation and integrate our family dreams with the dream of the nation.
— Currently, the Chinese people are forging ahead along the new Long March towards the two centenary goals and the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation. To ensure that the dreams of families come true, we must realize the Chinese Dream.
Earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday extended congratulations to the new emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and pledged joint efforts to further promote bilateral ties.