PH.D SCHOLAR, UTKAL UNIVERSITY.
Much of the language have been used by Pakistan to describe relations with China like “all weather friendship”, “deeper than the deepest nation”, “iron friends”, ‘sweeter than honey”. Now for China, the country has become more important than ever before.
Relations between China and Pakistan begin since the inception of bilateral ties on May 21, 1951 and since then relations have been grounded in friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation. Both the countries have had high level exchanges of diplomatic visits that smoothened relations. Sino-Pak ties gained particular momentum in the aftermath of the 1962 Sino-Indian War, when two nations signed a boundary agreement recognizing Chinese control over a portion of the disputed territory and since then the ties have been strong. Between 1957 and 1969, China and Pakistan developed closer ties, and in this regard the boundary agreement signed was significantly contributed towards determining the position and alignment of the Sino-Pakistan relations. Strategic relations have on the one hand enabled Pakistan to receive military and economic aid from China and on the other hand have helped the latter balance the influence of its potent contenders in the region. China and Pakistan concluded around 200 agreements and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to enhance comprehensive, strategic and multidimensional cooperation.