rawalpindi-Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong said that Pak-China friendship is based on mutual trust and shared interests.

He stated this while addressing participants of the Ningxia Car Rally Friendly Tour to Pakistan and Arab States, in Islamabad on Sunday morning.

He said CPEC has entered into full implementation with remarkable progress. He said projects worth sixteen early harvest projects are under construction with the total investment of 13.8 billion dollars and added that tens of thousands of jobs have been created for the local people.

The Chinese ambassador said the CPEC will bring benefits to all the people of Pakistan.  He said the passage coming through western part of Pakistan to Gwadar is definitely part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said all routes will lead to development and prosperity. He said under one belt one road initiative, CPEC will make its own contribution to revive the great Silk Road spirit.

He pointed out silk route will open up new areas of progress and progress for the two countries. He said Pakistan and China linked by road through Silk Road. He said ancient silk route is now transforming into connectivity, industrial cooperation, trade, business and flow of information and people. Sun Weidong said this car rally will further promote friendship and cooperation between the two countries.  He said the participants of the rally have travelled seven thousand kilometers from Ningxia province to Pakistan.  He said the participants of the rally are true advocate of great Silk Road spirit. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will usher in a new era of development in the region.

The Minister said CPEC is a network of railways, roads, energy projects, infrastructure, and cultural linkages, which will further enhance people to people contact between Pakistan and China. He said Pakistan presents attractive tourist destinations and participants of the rally would certainly observe that feature of our country. He said people to people contact should be further enhanced beyond government levels.

Pervaiz Rashid hoped that the rally will open up new chapter of warm relations between Pakistan and China. He said Pakistan and China have much in common like art and culture.

He said friendship between China and Pakistan is higher than the highest hills, deeper than the deepest oceans, and sweeter than the sweetest honey in the world.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed who is also Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC termed the corridor a historic development. He said media forum on CPEC will provide information to different segments of society including students, business enterprises, civil society and private sector.

The function was also addressed by Deputy Governor of Chinese province Ningxia Wang Heshan. Chinese spokesperson of rally expressed great pleasure on the occasion and chanted pro-Pakistani slogans.

The Pak-China Friendship Car Rally started from China‘s Xinjiang region and entered Pakistan via Khunjerab Pass.

The rally, comprising 20 cars with 52 people, was held to highlight the significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Upon arrival at Khunjerab Pass, the rally participants were warmly welcomed by the local administration and military personnel. The participants attended the flag hoisting ceremony at Sust and national anthems of both countries were also played.

The rally will pass through Punjab, Sindh and Gwadar and then would go to Iran and from there to the UAE.

Pak-China Friendship Car Rally will not only highlight international significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but will also further strengthen existing Sino-Pak ties.

Chinese and Pakistani artists performed on the occasion highlighting the culture of the two countries.