On 24 May 2016, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Pakistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan co-hosted the Reception to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations in Marriott Hotel, Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan, Ambassador Sun Weidong, Federal Minister of Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal, Governor of Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi attended the reception together with more than 700 senior officials, party representatives, friends from all walks and foreign diplomats. The event was held in a cordial, friendly and joyful atmosphere.
In his remarks, Ambassador Sun extended his warmest welcome to President Mamnoon Hussain for gracing the Reception and expressed his gratitude to friends from all walks of Pakistan for their endeavour in China-Pakistan friendship. He stated that, for the past 65 years, China and Pakistan have always joined hands and made great strides in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, promoting economic and social development, improving people's well-being, upholding international fairness and justice as well as maintaining world peace. China-Pakistan relations have transcended the bilateral boundary and enjoyed ever increasing global and regional significance, and have set an example for the state-to-state relations of different civilizations and social systems.
Ambassador Sun pointed out that the Chinese government always takes China-Pakistan relations as the priority of its own diplomacy. On the path towards furthering national prosperity and people's well-being, China and Pakistan will always join hands with resolve and build together the China-Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny. The torrential Yangtze River and Indus River have witnessed the history of friendship between the two peoples. In the days to come, China-Pakistan friendship will continue to surge ahead irresistibly and ceaselessly, like the ever-flowing great Yangtze River and Indus River.
In his remarks, President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan-China friendship has taken roots at the people-to-people level unaffected by any international development. This sincere friendship was so rare that it has become a unique example for the rest of the world. The all-weather friendship has been lifted to an all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation, which not only lays a solid foundation for the bilateral relations, but also will benefit the entire human society. He is convinced that this sincere friendship will pass on to the future generations, facilitate global peace and stability, and make new contributions to progress and prosperity.
After the remarks, Ambassador Sun, President Mamnoon Hussain and other guests cut a cake together and watched performances including Chinese lion dance and Pakistani folk dances. Precious pictures commemorating the 65th anniversary of China-Pakistan diplomatic relations were also exhibited during the reception. A warm atmosphere of China-Pakistan friendship prevailed at the event, during which celebrities from all walks recalled the friendship and expressed their wishes of a forever-lasting China-Pakistan friendship.