While there are prevailing uncertainties and chaos everywhere considering World is witnessing another Pandemic, countries right now are facing problems with the healthcare systems failing at some places and facing all the brunts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Economies are going down and facing the worst crisis since the 2008 or 1997 economic crises in the world.
Pakistan so far has just yet started to report the number of cases which are unfortunately going to hike in the coming days owing to lack social distancing or awareness among the masses or the lack of proper policy implementation by the authorities. The one thing Pakistan did in January and February was at the beginning of the Covid-19 endemic was supporting China when the cases in Wuhan were at a peak, Pakistan not only supported China diplomatically by sharing thoughts and wishes but by providing material support as well at a time when China needed the most help. Countries in the west maligned China and racially profiled Covid-19 by naming it “Wuhan Virus” or the “Chinese Virus” and racially motivated, they socially boycotted all the Asians, their businesses and communities.
When we highlight Pakistan’s support to China as strategic and timely, it is because “China never forgets’, it never forgets if you become “that friend in need”, it never forgets if you help it out of the crisis which it was in recently because it never forgets as history has suggested. When Pakistan became the first non-communist country which befriended China, it opened doors of close cooperation and brotherly relations for next half the century and the relations are described as “Higher than the Himalayas and Sweater than honey”. Pakistan, in actual, had no capability to help China out of the problem which it was facing, all it did was donating a big chunk of face masks from its stock, necessary medicines and other instruments necessary for stoping the spread of virus further.
Luckily China has almost controlled the spread of the virus and is now sending its experts to other countries being affected by Covid-19, i.e Italy, Egypt and other countries. While not yet completely recovered, China has started sending Pakistan aid to fight Covid-19, the aid includes money for temporary isolation hospitals, face masks, tests kits, protection suits, sanitizers. The China-Pakistan cooperation would continue, in case of development of a vaccine or a cure, we’re sure Pakistan would be among the first countries to receive that from China. The resolve of people of China was undaunting in the face of this pandemic, and helping them during that has left the common Chinese impressed by Pakistan. China and its people would remember for years to come that Pakistan proved its friendship with China is “Sweeter than honey, higher than the Himalayas”.