|Girish Shetti |||May 22, 2016 07:42 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and China's President Xi Jinping.
To mark the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between China and Pakistan, the leaders of both nations on Saturday exchanged greetings and pledged to deepen their ties further.
"I attach great importance to China-Pakistan relations, and would work with you to create a better future for China- Pakistan relations," Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his message.
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Xi added that China and Pakistan are all-weather friends, and their friendship has stood the test of time over last 65 years.
Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain in his message emphasized the importance of Pakistan's relationship with China, calling Beijing a 'reliable partner' and 'iron brother' of Pakistan.
"China has always proved to be an iron brother, steadfast friend and a reliable partner of Pakistan. Our long-standing and ever-growing partnership with China is based on mutual respect, trust, and shared values," Hussain said.
Most foreign experts view the Pakistan-China relationship as 'India-centric' - aimed at countering India's influence in South Asia.
Experts say that China has been more than generous in helping Pakistan to deal with its arch-rival India. China has generously provided financial and military aid to Pakistan over last three decades, which has greatly helped Islamabad to keep pace with the Indian army.
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