By Arif Qureshi |16, October, 2016|
Islamabad: Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Mr.Sun Weidong said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor is in full swing and it has entered into remarkable phase where thousand of jobs have been created for local people across the Pakistan. describing the details Chinese envoy said sixteen projects of CPEC are under construction costing with 13.6 billion USD investments and passage going through western part of Pakistan to Gwadar is definitely part of China Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chinese envoy expressed these views during an event at Pak-China Friendship Center here to welcome participants of a car rally arriving from Chinese region of Ningxia on Sunday.
He said connectivity is made for facilitating people to people exchange. He said since more than 2000 years ago, China and Pakistan have been connected through the great Silk Road. Along this road, businessmen and envoys travelled through mountains and deserts, trading specialties and learning exotic cultures. One of the most prominent travelers was Xuanzang who lived in the 7th century.
From Xian, then capital of China, he travelled 80,000 kilometers to South Asia, he told. The envoy said Xuanzang lived in Taxila for three years, studied language and classics and brought precious Buddhist scriptures back from there. The Silk Road has brought well being and prosperity for the people along the route, he said adding by promoting exchanges among ethic groups, cultures and religions, the Silk Road advanced civilizations, and cultivated the Silk Road spirit.
He explained that there were three key points of the great Silk Road spirit. “First, openness, Openness means confidence. Openness creates vitality. Openness brings progress. And only by openness we can achieve prosperity. We will always open our doors to the outside world. Secondly, inclusiveness and mutual learning. Along the Silk Road all cultures are equal. We respect each other, appreciate each other and learn from each other.” He said with openness they jointly create a splendid story and Ningxia is a best example of mutual learning and inclusiveness.
“It is an inland province with a pilot economic zone. It is renowned as a beautiful piece of land where all ethnic groups live harmoniously.” Thirdly, win win cooperation. The ancient Silk Road is now transforming into connectivity, industrial cooperation, trade and finance, and flow of information, he added. The ambassador said economies along this road are complementary with huge potential for cooperation. “By promoting win win cooperation, we will build an avenue towards joint development and shared destiny.” He said this year marks the 65th anniversary of China-Pakistan diplomatic ties and events like car rally can further the win-win cooperation, and make the Silk Road spirit shine again in the new era.
He said the participants of the rally travelled more than 7000 km, all the way from Ningxia and they are the real advocates of the great Silk Road spirit. “You are the envoys of the China-Pakistan friendship. Thank you for bringing our peoples hearts closer together,” he told the participants. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Governor of Ningxia Hui, Wang Heshan said Pakistan and China have increased cooperation in diverse fields and supported each other through good and hard times. He said Pakistan and China are friends, partners, brothers and good neighbours. He told about Ningxia region, which is a place of great natural beauty, time honored traditions and must see tourist destination for travellers from across the world.