One element of friendship is one that can stand the test of time. But in addition, friendship should be somewhat fluid. As we grow and change, our interests, goals, and desires change. It would not be unreasonable to assume that our friends and friendships would change as a result. A friend is also one who does not necessarily accept us for who we are, but pushes us to be a better version of who we are. In other words aids us in becoming who we are meant to be.

The memory is still fresh in my mind when I entered the classroom of a new school for the first time. I knew none and forgot to bring lunch to school. I was hungry so one of the classmates came and shared her lunch with me. I realized that day that it all begins with sharing and ends with helping each other rise against all odds. This is what friendship means to me and friends are tested in tough times.

I met a Chinese girl and she greeted me like an old friend. “We are like brothers and sisters,” she said. China and Pakistan are like best friends which made me think about the more than six decades long Pak-Sino friendship. This friendship have been evolved during all these years

Pakistan and China relationship began in 1950 when Pakistan was among the first countries to establish relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan and recognize the PRC. Following the 1962 Sino-Indian War, both countries placed considerable importance on the maintenance of a extremely close and supportive relationship. Since then, the two countries have regularly exchanged high-level visits resulting in a variety of agreements both development and educational. China has provided economic, military and technical assistance to Pakistan and each considers the other a close strategic ally. 

China has become Pakistan’s largest supplier of arms and its third-largest trading partner. Recently, both nations have decided to cooperate in improving Pakistan's civilian nuclear program. A favorable relation with China is a pillar of Pakistan's foreign policy. China supported Pakistan's opposition to the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan and is perceived by Pakistan as a regional counterweight to India and the United States. China and Pakistan also share close military relations, with China supplying a range of modern armaments to the Pakistani defense forces. China supports Pakistan's stance on Kashmir while Pakistan supports China on the issues of Xinjiang, Tibet, and Taiwan. Lately, military cooperation has deepened with joint projects producing armaments ranging from fighter jets to guided missile frigates.

China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a one of its kind project. Lately, there has been hue and cry over a mega-project like the Orange Line Metro Train. Notables of our society are busy these days spreading speculations about it. One of the speculations that gained my attention was this that the government is persistent in making Orange Line Metro Train a part of CPEC when it’s not. Without any doubt CPEC will boost the economy of Pakistan and will help us in becoming the Asian Tiger; but despite promoting CPEC, China has also come forward as a friend in need and extend their support to provide the people of Pakistan, the mode of transportation meeting international standards.

Orange Line Metro Train Project is a gift from China. Tendering is a very important aspect to understand in this whole project without which the level of friendship with China is impossible to gauge.

Open International Tender was floated on January 29, 2014 in financing + EPC mode. Pre-bid conference held on February 18, 2014 was attended by representatives of 11 foreign and 5 local companies. On the bid submission date i.e. April 21, 2014 only two Chinese companies namely CR-NORINCO JV and SINORAIL JV furnished their bids.

In the meeting between the President of Pakistan and Chinese Premier held on February 19, 2014 in Beijing, the latter decided to fund the Orange Line project with the condition that Chinese enterprises will execute the project using Chinese equipment. He also declared it as a Chinese gift to Pakistan.