Chinese ambassador Liu Jian decorated with Hilal-i-Quaid-i-AzamMay 3, 2013
Karachi: President Asif Ali Zardari decorated Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian with the award of Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam during a special investiture ceremony held at Bilawal House Friday.
The President conferred the award on Liu Jian in recognition of his pivotal role in further cementing and expanding the already existing strategic friendship between Pakistan and China and for his untiring efforts to enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.
The investiture ceremony was attended among others by Chief Minister Sindh, Justice Retd Zahid Kurban Alvi, foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, ministers, members of diplomatic community, senior officials of Chinese embassy and other senior officials.
The citation read on the occasion said that that Mr. Liu Jian has played a pivotal role in furthering, strengthening and expanding the strategic friendship between Pakistan and China during his three years tenure of duty in Pakistan and that the Ambassador devoted his energies to forge ties in the field of Defence, strategic relations, culture, sports, people-to-people contacts. Gwadar Port Project, which is a hall mark of Pak-China Strategic Partnership, was handed over to Chinese Company during the Ambassador’s tenure, the citation said.
Mr. Liu Jian being a great friend of Pakistan would be remembered for his commitment to strengthen the bilateral relations in diversified fields, the citation adds. “In recognition of his meritorious services to the cause of strengthening Pak-China relations, the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to confer the award of Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam on Mr. Liu Jian, the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan.”
Later, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian also called on President Zardari and discussed matters relating to Pak-China bilateral relations. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President while congratulating the Chinese ambassador on the conferment of the award of Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam, appreciated the invaluable contributions made by him during his three years tenure as ambassador in Pakistan to further strengthen the time tested friendship between Pakistan and China and brining the two countries further closer.
The President said that the high level visits and frequent interaction between the leadership of the two countries were a testimony of Liu Jian’s untiring efforts to further enhance the close and brotherly ties between our two countries.
Lauding the role of Chinese ambassador for more investment in Pakistan, Asif Zardari said that Liu Jian was instrumental in fetching Chinese investment in various sectors including infrastructure, energy, communications and agriculture, which, the President said are closely related to people’s livelihood.
He said that the people and Government of Pakistan highly valued fraternal relations with China demonstrated by the fact that the government and people of China have always stood by us in times of distress. He said that the two countries will always stand together under all circumstances.
He said that Pakistan was proud of its time tested and all weather friendship with China and expressed satisfaction over the current level of bilateral trade that reached $12.4 billion in 2012 with three times increase in Pakistan’s exports to China since 2008 reaching $3.14 billion in 2012.
The President appreciated China’s economic support and assistance to the socioeconomic development of Pakistan and said that Pakistan desires to promote closer collaboration in agriculture, irrigation, security, energy, railways and infrastructure development.
He urged the need for investing in the Pak China friendship by enhancing interaction between the people of two countries.
Ambassador Liu Jian thanked President Zardari and government of Pakistan for decorating him with the award of Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam and assured that he would continue to be a friend of Pakistan and play its role to further solidify Pak-China bilateral ties.