Pakistan is considered as the “iron brother” to China. The two countries have maintained a good relationship. "Witness Friendship" 2017 Summer Home & Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation came to the Pakistani embassy in China and met with the Pakistani Ambassador to China H.E. Mr. Masood Khalid on August 2nd.
The First Secretary of Pakistani Embassy Mr. Raheel Tariq hosted the interview event. Firstly, he made a brief introduction about Pakistan to all audience. He spoke highly of the relations between China and Pakistan. He said that the relationship is “all-weather”, and the friendly relations will be carried forward and promoted through the younger generations of the two countries.
Invited by the Pakistani Ambassador to China H.E. Mr. Masood Khalid, the President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan delivered a speech on the stage. She said that this is the fourth time Home and Abroad News Press taking the junior journalist delegation to the Pakistani embassy. Every time when we come here, we deeply feel the atmospheres of “Iron Brother” between China and Pakistan. On April 20, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid an official visit to Pakistan and launched the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor”. We hope that more exchanges will be made between the youth of the two countries so that the friendly tradition of China and Pakistan will be carried on from generation to generation.
Ambassador Massoud Khalid also expressed high hopes for the junior journalists who came to the interview here today. He said that it is nice to see so many junior journalists in the Pakistani embassy today. The friendship between China and Pakistan has a long history, and we are good neighbors, good friends, good brothers and good partners. Ambassador Khalid briefly introduced the friendly exchanges between China and Pakistan over the past 66 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties. He pointed out that the two countries have maintained good cooperation in economy, education, culture and other fields. China-Pakistan friendship is “higher than the mountains, deeper than the ocean, as hard as the iron”. Ambassador Khalid said that through the interview with the junior journalists, the young people in both countries should develop a deeper understanding about each other’s cultures and the precious friendship between China and Pakistan. This connection will allow the friendship to be passed on from generation to generation.
During the interview, a junior journalist asked: “Hello, Mr. Ambassador. Thank you very much for giving us this interview opportunity with you. Speaking about Pakistan, all Chinese people will quickly realize that Pakistan is a real brother of China. Since you became the Ambassador to China, you have been to many Chinese cities and promote cultural exchange and educational cooperation between China and Pakistan. Both countries are willing to extend the communication and cooperation in various fields, including culture, education, technology and youth exchange. In your opinions, how will we continue developing the traditional friendship between China and Pakistan?”
Ambassador Masood Khalid said that the youth is the future and hope of both countries. Chinese and Pakistani young people should learn more about history from their past, learn from their neighbors, learn English for brighter future. The young people should aim to become an important group for promoting the development of China-Pakistan’s relations.
“Hello, Mr. Ambassador, you have worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan in 1980. You were the Ambassador to South Korea between 2005 and 2007, and then became the Ambassador to China in 2013. Your diplomatic experience is truly impressive. You came to China for carrying on the traditional friendship between the two countries, how will you contribute your wisdom and efforts to further strengthen China and Pakistan’s relationship in the future?” another junior journalist asked.
Ambassador Masood Khalid answered that I always made the peaceful development idea to be our common diplomatic development strategy. The relationship between China and Pakistan is not new. China and Pakistan’s friendship is long-history with many traditional meanings. After many years, the relations between China and Pakistan has been continuously growing. I highly value this relationship. In the future, I will further develop this relationship so that the China and Pakistan’s friendship could be stronger and everlasting.
At the end of the interview, the junior journalists presented their gifts to the ambassador. Ambassador Khalid also prepared luncheon for all delegation members at the ambassador's residence. During the luncheon, the ambassador and Pakistani diplomats shared such good time with junior journalists with joy and laugh. The friendly atmosphere between China and Pakistan left a deep impression on all junior journalists.
The Information and Culture Counselor of the Pakistani Embassy in China Ms. Hina Firdous accompanied the delegation and had friendly exchanges with all junior journalists. She was also happy to sign her signatures for all students and took a group photo with them in the embassy garden.