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    “China’s Xi Congratulates Pakistan’s New President, Emphasizes Long-standing Friendship”


    China's Xi Congratulates Zardari, Emphasizes Strong Sino-Pakistani Ties Amidst Political Shifts in Pakistan

    In a significant gesture reflecting the enduring bond between China and Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping extended warm congratulations to Asif Ali Zardari on his re-election as the President of Pakistan. Zardari’s victory marks his second term as the 14th President of Pakistan, positioning him as the sole civilian leader in a nation historically susceptible to coups.

    President Xi Jinping underscored the profound historical ties and strategic importance of the Sino-Pakistani relationship, hailing it as a “choice of history” and a “precious treasure” for both nations. He emphasized the recent strides in bilateral cooperation, particularly highlighting achievements in the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a cornerstone project linking China’s Xinjiang region with the Pakistani port of Gwadar.

    Despite objections from India regarding CPEC’s passage through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Xi Jinping reiterated China’s commitment to deepening collaboration with Pakistan across various domains. He emphasized the significance of their partnership amidst global transformations, pledging to work alongside President Zardari to further enhance traditional friendship and practical cooperation.

    Xi’s message also extended congratulations to Shehbaz Sharif, who was elected as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, reflecting China’s continued engagement with key political figures in Pakistan’s landscape. The return of Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, and Zardari to positions of influence amidst Pakistan’s tumultuous political and economic climate has been met with a sense of reassurance in Beijing. Over the years, these leaders have fostered close ties with Chinese counterparts, solidifying the strategic alliance between the two nations, often perceived as a bulwark against India.

    The relationship between China and Pakistan faced challenges during the tenure of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, with criticisms directed at the slow progress of CPEC initiatives. However, China’s steadfast support, including financial assistance and debt rollovers, underscores the depth of commitment to Pakistan’s stability and development.

    Recent reports indicating China’s agreement to roll over a USD two billion loan due in March further exemplify Beijing’s ongoing support amidst Pakistan’s economic woes. As China and Pakistan reaffirm their commitment to strengthening ties, the stage is set for continued collaboration and mutual prosperity, underscoring the enduring resilience of the Sino-Pakistani partnership.

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