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China tie is key to Pakistan's security and prosperity

Cooperation with Beijing represents a chance to forge regional peace

| Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan
Pakistan has handed over the development and management of the strategically important Gwadar port to China until 2059.   © Reuters

The relationship between Pakistan and China began 70 years ago. Since then, Islamabad has developed strong political, diplomatic and military ties with Beijing. Both claim the relationship has withstood the test of time, being "deeper than oceans and higher than mountains." Their mutual disputes with India have also brought them closer.

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