Ambassador Masood Khalid highlights historic linkages between Pakistan, China

BEIJING: An International Photography Culture Exhibition called “Power of the Image” was held in Datong, Shanxi Province in China.

The event was organized by the Government of Datong, China Public Relations Association and China Art Photography Society, says a press release received here today from Beijing.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Masood Khalid highlighted the special place of Datong in the context of Silk Route and cross cultural linkage between Pakistan and China. He mentioned that in the fifth century, Ambassador Gu Wei Long from the Northern Wei Dynasty had travelled from Datong to Hunza in Pakistan, triggering a fusion of cross-cultural exchanges.

Citing the example of harmonious friendship between Pakistan and China, the Ambassador said that this friendship stands as a perfect example for the world, where people belonging to different culture, language and religion not only established brotherly relations but also made it an “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership”.

He said that both sides are working to enhance interaction between the business and student community. Ambassador Masood Khalid welcomed the proposal to promote tourism and cultural interaction between Pakistan and China, so as to highlight rich cultural heritage of Pakistan specially the links which exist between the two countries from the time of Gandhara civilization.

The Party Secretary of Datong Mr. Zhang Jifu spoke highly of Pakistan-China friendship and said that both sides have embarked on a new journey of friendship and cooperation under the One Belt One Road Initiative. He expressed keen interest in strengthening ties between Datong and Pakistan in cultural field.

Consul General of Pakistan in Hong Kong, Mr. Abdul Qadir Memon participated in the photographic exhibition displaying his photographs on the landscape and culture of Pakistan. The photographs received wide appreciation and interest from the audience in the cultural diversity of Pakistan. Mr. Memon was given the “Beautiful Lens Award” for his quality contribution.