Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, who was the "special guest" at Pakistan's Independence Day celebration on Monday said that China-Pakistan friendship is “stronger than steel” and “sweeter than honey”.
Addressing the Independence Day ceremony in Islamabad, he said the two countries have always stood by each other and China stands with Pakistan in its efforts to achieve progress and development.
“China and Pakistan have always stood by each other in difficult times and their friendship will stand the test of time and grow with coming generations,” he said, with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi by his side.
“Our friendship is stronger than steel [and] sweeter than honey,” he said.
Wang is on a two-day state visit to Pakistan and he is expected to sign some important bilateral agreements with Islamabad.
He will also inaugurate projects related to the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor - a part of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Wang said Pakistan is an important partner in the OBOR initiative and China wants to strengthen its multi-dimensional strategic cooperation with Islamabad.
He said China would support Pakistan’s efforts to pursue the fight against terrorism as per its national interest.