"Heydar Aliyev is the father of the modern Republic of Azerbaijan, and a well-known political leader. He had a strong will and a deep love for his people. When the people of Azerbaijan faced threats, they overcame both internal and external difficulties," the special representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs and former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Wu Hongbo said at the "Heydar Aliyev 100: Life and Legacy" event held at the Heydar Aliyev Center, APA reports.
The Chinese official said that during the leadership of Heydar Aliyev, major projects were implemented, especially in the field of energy: "Heydar Aliyev will always be remembered by the people of Azerbaijan as a true national leader. He was also a good friend of the Chinese people. President Aliyev, who visited our country, strengthened the basis of relations, traditional bilateral cooperation, and friendship between the two countries. As a result of his efforts, relations between the two countries gradually grew, contact between peoples strengthened. His strategy revived the Silk Road, which benefited both China and Azerbaijan. The great leader of Azerbaijan was also a friend of China. Recently, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev congratulated the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping on his re-election. Our relations are still close today, and we, as China, are ready to strengthen mutual trust and traditional friendship with Azerbaijan."