The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and Modern International Relations

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Agha Shahi


The half-century that has passed since China and India and China and Myanmar enunciated the five principles of peaceful coexistence bears witness to the continuing validity of these principles in the promotion of peace and concord in the world. During the more than a half-century of Pakistan-China relations, the observance of the five principles has generated the deep understanding and mutual trust that characterizes these relations. The Boundary Agreement of 1963 delimiting the watershed of the majestic Karakorum Mountains as their common border, was a landmark event that set the stage for developing the comprehensive, stable and long-term China-Pakistan relationship. This enduring entente has withstood the vicissitudes of internal as well as external challenges.

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