Pak-China friendship is 'sweeter than the sweetest honey': Nawaz

Published: April 21, 2014
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif and the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah unveil the plaque for the 486MW combined cycle power plant at Guddu. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif and the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah unveil the plaque for the 486MW combined cycle power plant at Guddu. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif and the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah unveil the plaque for the 486MW combined cycle power plant at Guddu. PHOTO: PID Express News screengrab of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the ceremony.

GUDDU: Pakistan-China friendship “is sweeter than the sweetest honey in this world,” stated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the inauguration ceremony of two gas turbines of 243 megawatts (MW) each in Guddu, Sindh.

The new turbines were installed within the grounds of the existing Guddu power plant complex.

These units are part of the 737MW Combined Cycle Power Project which was planned by the government in 2012. The project also includes one steam turbine of 261MW.

During the ceremony, Nawaz thanked the Chinese firm, Harbin Electric Company, which was awarded the power project.

Taking pride in the close friendship between the two countries, the premier further stated that their relationship is “deeper than the deepest sea in the world, and is higher than the highest peak in this world.”

He also added that two units of the project were completed before the deadline, thereby saving the country Rs58 billion. The new plant will increase the electricity production in Guddu from 1655MW to 2402MW.

Speaking about the various power projects that will be installed in the country, Nawaz said that as a result of these projects 21000MW will be added to the electricity system.

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  • Gratgy
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:15PM

    Nawaz thanked the Chinese firm, Harbin Electric Company, which was awarded the power project.

    Lol! Did they do it for free?They were awarded the project at their own terms, was there any tender process or bid for the project?

    They should be thanking Pakistan for awarding the project to them

    Pakistan will keep saying Higher than Sweeter than Deeper than while the Chinese squeeze Pakistan dry

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  • imran bhatt
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:29PM

    Even for this oft repeated, none sensical comment, he would have been prompted by his brother severals times.

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  • Kamran
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:31PM

    Yeah Yeah!! We still remember that TC master

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  • Salman
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:45PM

    Long live Pak-China friendship!

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  • Jibran
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:48PM

    Which head of the state uses such cheap words to appease another country? Please have some decency and spare us from your inadequacies. For your speech writer and Don’t bring us more embarrassment.

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  • Khan
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:48PM

    Bravo Mian Sahab, Roshan Pakistan INSHALLAH !

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  • tattu mian
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:49PM

    even teenage couples don’t say such corny stuff to each other

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  • PAK
    Apr 21, 2014 - 4:54PM

    Good.

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  • Apr 21, 2014 - 5:37PM

    deeper “than the deepest sea in the world, and is higher than the highest peak in this world.”

    MH750 went into deepest sea – Avalanche killed 12 people on the highest peak.

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  • Khan
    Apr 21, 2014 - 5:50PM

    Please ignore Munaff. Well done, please install a few more while your at it.

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  • Mk
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:01PM

    I wonder which is more sweeter , the sweetest of all the honey or the 250 tonnes of dates.

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  • Asad Khan
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:09PM

    @Mk:

    I wonder which is more sweeter , the sweetest of all the honey or the 250 tonnes of dates

    Lolz,

    apparently both!

    regards,

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  • Hasan²
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:18PM

    @Jibran
    Nawaz is not the Head of State. :P

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:25PM

    What a statement mr prime minister!!What a quote!

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  • Khan
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:29PM

    I want some love too Nawaz!

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  • Raj
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:30PM

    Good grief…is this some kind of Pakistani tradition to use saccharine sweet terms to descripe the Sino – Pak relationship.

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  • Imran
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:31PM

    Amazing PM haha!

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  • Abid
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:32PM

    China sweeto!!

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  • ahmed
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:36PM

    Wonder who wrote Nawaz’s speech.

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  • Char Latan
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:39PM

    I’m starting to believe that this time it is true love. Such talk will get the Saudis really jealous and perhaps even rankle those “Ex” Americans a little. Who knew that a couple turbines could do what tonnes of dates or half a dozen F-16s couldn’t?

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  • AK
    Apr 21, 2014 - 6:55PM

    For once ET, for once, please use some good heading, focus on the news and the positive development that is being done rather than choose a certain sentence as headline in order to get some hits on your page.

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 21, 2014 - 7:01PM

    We have been a slave of china by appeasing such statements again and again.Why the chinese reciprocate such type of statements !

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  • Hamzah
    Apr 21, 2014 - 7:08PM

    @Jibran:
    It’s not the first time – he said this same dialogue when he visited China, witho some aid of his younger brother. You see how difficult it really is to say it himself. And I had a facepalm moment when I heard Shehbaz Shareef saying exact these things about the love netween him and NS

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  • unbelievable
    Apr 21, 2014 - 7:14PM

    Last article I read said that you didn’t have enough Gas to power your existing power plants .. so I assume this one is going to sit idle. Seems like you have the cart before the horse?

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  • Ali
    Apr 21, 2014 - 7:32PM

    Funny guy!

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  • guy
    Apr 21, 2014 - 7:33PM

    Not sure what he was thinking when he said this.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 21, 2014 - 7:48PM

    @MK
    No Mian its 1.5 Billion Dawllers… hahahaha

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  • Sadiq
    Apr 21, 2014 - 8:14PM

    The original four units of Guddu which are now permanently de-rated due to poor maintenance by WAPDA will be shut down.

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  • Apr 21, 2014 - 9:22PM

    true! chinese are our friends, and we are their friends. I think we need to remind each other of this friendship and try to continue on this path without letting enemies like india and iran make it sour

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  • unbelievable
    Apr 21, 2014 - 10:00PM

    It’s only “sweeter than honey” if their providing these turbines at a significant discount – maybe ET should assign a reporter to find out whether these turbines were put out to bid and whether their costs are reasonable?

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  • Naresh
    Apr 21, 2014 - 10:42PM

    Prime Minister Sharif has been very Economic with words. Here is the full version :
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    http://www.bjreview.com.cn/special/2010-03/24/content_258326.htm
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    Pakistani National Day Celebrated in Beijing
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    “The Pakistan-China friendship is unique,” Khan said in Chinese. “The people of Pakistan love the people of China. The people of China have deepest regards for the people of Pakistan. Pakistan-China relations are all-weather and time-tested.”
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    Moreover, “the Pakistan-China friendship is deeper than oceans; higher than mountains; stronger than steel; sweeter than honey and more precious than eyes,” he added effusively. “Pakistan and China are good friends, good neighbours, good brothers and good partners.”
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    Cheers

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  • Spock
    Apr 21, 2014 - 11:44PM

    Sweeter than sweetest honey, higher than highest mountain, deeper than deepest sea, beautifuler than katrina, brighter than sun, heavier than neutron, stronger than composite carbon, browner than brownie ….. and the list goes on.

    and on and on

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  • Parvez
    Apr 22, 2014 - 12:57AM

    …….but will you get the people and the government bodies and political big-wigs to pay their electric bills ?…..because without that its all just window dressing.

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  • Babloo
    Apr 22, 2014 - 2:08AM

    No wonder diabetes is so wide spread in pakistan

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  • Apr 22, 2014 - 2:17AM

    There is nothing wrong in accepting those nation who are spending money in Pakistan in its troubled time, all what Mr PM is saying is right may not sounds too good but not bad either. It is just a natural feeling which i think we all share for our great Northern friend Alas we did not acted the way Chinese did in the field of tech and did some great progress.It is not just Pakistan which shows and express it’s love but Chinese as well and their leadership too for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mick
    Apr 22, 2014 - 5:07AM

    Sweeter than the sweetest honey on sale at 99% discount paid for by the sweetest US AID.Recommend

  • Usman
    Apr 22, 2014 - 7:58AM

    @Jibran: Really? Is it cheaper than Bush’s ‘special relationship’ with Tony Blair. In Asia, we like doing things with a flair and its good to know we’re still not short of metaphors for the Pak-China friendships. Haters’ gonna hate, we gonna Love China, Pakistani style.

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  • Hari Om
    Apr 22, 2014 - 10:02AM

    Where are the kind words from Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff for America like describing bilateral relations as “higher than the highest flying drone” as it was a US firm, GE, who supplied two Frame 9FA gas turbines and associated generators to Pakistan for installation at Guddu?

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 22, 2014 - 12:47PM

    India has to learn the lesson from China that what is friendship with Pakistan?????Recommend

  • anwar kamal
    Apr 22, 2014 - 3:39PM

    Nothing is permanent.Finally self-interest exists.

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  • Strategic Asset
    Apr 22, 2014 - 6:10PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq: India doesn’t have to learn anything. Pakistan was in bed with Amreeka since shortly after independence and we all know how that went.

    The words of the PM are puerile and unbecoming of a leader. Pray tell me, what poetry did the Chinese recite in response?

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  • Last Word
    Apr 22, 2014 - 6:22PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq: India has to learn lesson from China that what is friendship with Pakistan ?
    India learnt a bitter lesson from China in 1962 after Hindi-Cheeni bhai bhai slogan so it keeps safe distance which Pakistan need to take note of. However, India does much more trade with China that might cross 100 billions which Pakistan can never dream of.

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  • Don
    Apr 22, 2014 - 8:58PM

    We have the best PM!!

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  • Don
    Apr 22, 2014 - 8:58PM

    Hahaha Sweet!! Lol!

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  • Don
    Apr 22, 2014 - 8:59PM

    Thinking about honey all the time. Haha!

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  • factfinder
    Apr 22, 2014 - 10:00PM

    Love the fact that this type of a headline just draws in all the jalay bhunay from the eastern borders. Get over your jealousy for once meray Bharati neighbours…Lol!

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  • Last Word
    Apr 22, 2014 - 10:50PM

    What Nawaz Sharif needs to understand is that for China its all about money and not honey. China is taking full advantage of this appeasement policy by selling poor quality equipment at high prices, dictating unfavourable terms for on-going projects, taking out minerals at throw away prices etc etc.

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  • ahsan
    Apr 23, 2014 - 6:59PM

    I see Indian trolls making a fuss out of nothing

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  • kuzey
    Jun 21, 2014 - 3:52PM

    Guys we should not stay back in this friendship …. move forward……because…….they are not only our friends……they are now our brothers and sisters…….we should say to every single person in china that we love each other if government wants or not ….we civilians like them as they like us …. :) thanks alot

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  • kuzey
    Jun 21, 2014 - 3:54PM

    我知道一点中国 (Translation: I know a little Chinese) :DRecommend

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