China all praise for strong support from Pakistani 'brothers'
We are deeply moved and would like to thank Pakistan once again, Zhao Lijian says in his debut press talk as MFA spokesperson
China on Monday reiterated its gratitude for the enormous support offered by Pakistan in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, saying this once again showed that the two neighbours are "true friends and brothers".
In his debut press briefing Chinese Foreign Ministry's new Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian reiterated that China would take care of Pakistanis there just like Chinese citizens.
Before assuming his new role, Zhao Lijian was the deputy head of the mission at the Chinese Embassy, Islamabad.
"After the outbreak of the epidemic, Pakistani government and people from all walks of life have offered China enormous support and assistance. We are deeply moved and would like to thank Pakistani government and people once again," he said.
He said that China and Pakistan were all-weather strategic cooperative partners with a tradition of mutual assistance and pointed out that Pakistan was among the first country which voiced support to China, offered donations to China and it also kept normal exchanges between the two countries after the outbreak.
Zhao Lijian noted that Pakistan's two houses of Parliament passed resolutions in support of China's efforts to fight the epidemic.
"This fact once again shows that the two countries are true friends and good brothers through thick and thin. It also shows that we are a community with shared future sharing weal and woe."
The spokesperson reiterated that the Chinese side would continue to strengthen its cooperation with the international community including Pakistan to deal with the epidemic and advance global public health cause.
About well-being of Pakistan citizens and students currently living in China, he said that the Chinese government would also act with a high sense of responsibility to strengthen communication with Pakistan and take care of Pakistanis in china just like Chinese citizens.
"Please rest assured about the good care of our Pakistani brethren and sisters. We know there are many Pakistani students are studying here in China. Rest assured, we will take very good care of them."
Answering a question, he pointed out that he had worked for two posts in the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad.
Zhao Lijian also expressed his love and affection for Pakistan and said, "I have a deep feeling for the country."
Prime Minister Imran Khan had a telephonic conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week and expressed solidarity with the leadership and people of China.
Pakistan also despatched medical supplies to China for the treatment of the new coronavirus patients in Wuhan.
A good number of Pakistani community members and students studying in Chinese universities have volunteered to assist the Chinese government in the battle against the virus.
On Feb 11 Pakistan Senate passed a resolution expressing strong support for China in the wake of new coronavirus and Zhao Lijian praised it in a tweet.
Thank you Pakistan! An iron brother indeed! Senate of Pakistan passed unanimously a resolution expressing full solidarity & support to China in combating Coronavirus, sponsored by Senator Mushahid Hussain. Pakistan Senate is the first Parliament to express such support to China. pic.twitter.com/d5VemZv5Tc— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) February 11, 2020