CPEC growth, Sino-Pak relations go into overdrive, Chinese CG Zhao Shiren says
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 8 (Gwadar Pro) - “Taking stock of the unprecedented flooding situation in Pakistan, Chinese Consulate Lahore, together with the Chinese community in Lahore, has mobilized resources to help the flood relief and rehabilitation efforts. China also provided two batches of emergency humanitarian supplies in cash and in kind. More assistance will follow accordingly,” said the Chinese Consul General Lahore Zhao Shiren.
Speaking on a webinar to commemorate the 71th anniversary of the establishment of Pak-China diplomatic relations held under the auspices of the Institute of International Relations and Media Research (IIRMR), he said that China has shown its grief and sorrow over the losses of life and property expressing solidarity with Pakistan terribly hit by flash flood.
“Very soon a new round of CPEC JCC meeting is to be convened and the agenda might touch upon the implementation of the Framework Agreements on Industrial and Agricultural Cooperation and people's livelihood projects,” he mentioned. All the five CPEC-related mega projects in Punjab, he said, are either successfully accomplished or meeting their pronounced targets, yielding early harvests to mutual satisfaction. “The CPEC process has been further expedited with new Pakistan speed, entering a fast-track growth and expansion. The Karot Hydro-power plant began generating electricity, and Gwada port development produced substantive progress with the East Bay Expressway operationalized,” he added.
IIRMR Chairman Muhammad Mehdi said " Pakistan is currently suffering from a great natural calamity and we are happy that our great friend and neighboring country China is standing by our side as always in this time of trouble. The messages sent by the Chinese leadership at this difficult stage are very hopeful for the Pakistani nation."
Prof. Zhou Rong of Chong Yang Institute of Renmin University of China said that it is indeed force majeure for Pakistan to suffer from the catastrophic flood this year, but China has also suffered from big catastrophic or greatest catastrophic floods over the years. He maintained that China has a lot of successful experiences in mitigating flood woes. “By improving water conservancy infrastructure, weather forecast mechanism and public awareness, China made a difference. In short, China is still facing floods in recent years, but the losses caused by floods are gradually decreasing. All these are worth learning by our Pakistani friends,” he added
IIRMR President Yasir Habib Khan said that China is among those leading countries that rained down all out support at present flood-related rescue and relief tasks in Pakistan. It is high time while commemorating the 71th anniversary of Pak-China relations to sign fresh “Charter of CPEC” to keep CPEC unhurt from any external pressure. It augurs well that in 2022, he said, CPEC has gone into overdrive reclaiming its lost pace and rhythm.
Lahore Overseas Chinese Association (LOCA) President Luo Jianxue said over the past 71 years, the people of China and Pakistan have sincerely helped each other. “I hope that we will all work together to continue to lead Chinese enterprises to actively participate in China-Pakistan economic development. From flood disaster to all troubling time, we will also continue to deepen the profound friendship between the two peoples and contribute to the friendship between the two countries,” he added.
PU Associate Prof Dr. Amjad Abbas Khan Magsi, who is an Editor of HEC recognised journal ' Pakistan Vision' said that an immense untapped potential between Pakistan and China is going forward into the future. “Exchanges in education, science and technology and cultural avenues not only bring our nations closer but will allow to gain better insight into the multitude of social avenues available for better sourcing and value chain linkages between the two friends,” he added. “We believe that through increased technology sharing and joint ventures we can benefit from the true spirit of mutual friendship,” he mentioned.
Lahore Hassan Saddique, communication specialist at World Bank Project, and Umer Farooqi, communication strategist at UMT spoke on the occasion.