Islamabad: Ms. Bhao Zong, Head of Political and Press Section, Embassy of People’s Republic of China said Pakistan and China is time-tested friend and both countries always supported each other in every aspect of relations. she said China will continue to stand by Pakistan in its development and prosperity drive for better future and peace. Both countries are standing with each other as strong iron brothers. Ms. Bhao Zong, expressed these views while addressing a Seminar on “Second Belt and Road Forum: Achievements and Prospects” organized by Center for Belt and Road Initiative and China Studies Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies in collaboration with Commission of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS).
The seminar was organized in the backdrop of the second Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing where Prime Minister Imran Khan participated on the invitation of President Xi Jinping. Ms. Bhao was of the view that Belt and Road Initiative is meant to promote the high-quality development in the region and beyond. The initiative with its widely acceptability and popularity is because the Chinese vision is to share the prosperity with inclusiveness and not by force. This wisdom is to promote the cooperation through multiallelism or bilateral ism with equal opportunity and development with principle of collaboration. With improved connectivity at physical levels like rail and roads, there are greater chances for people to people contact hence more understanding, dialogue and less confrontation. It was also highlighted that the BRI and the related projects are result oriented and not just talk shops. For instance, as a result of these projects and development initiative several hundred thousand of people will come out of poverty and will be able to provide not only jobs but also training opportunities as well.
While speaking on the occasion Prof. Dr. Zameer Ahmed Awan, Sinologist, China Studies Center, National University of Science and Technology said that CPEC and BRI are blessings for Pakistan. These projects are meant to provide to not only Pakistan but also to the larger developing countries of the world participating or agreeing to the BRI and its spirit. It depends now on the countries that how much they can ripe fruit from the initiatives. He was also of the view that in the past the world powers have failed to address the issues of the world but now they are looking towards China as a hope to solve their issues through its wisdom of peace, prosperity and shared destiny.
Dr. Muhammad Munir, Assistant Professor, National Defense University was of the view that a very negative propaganda has been done by the west and other countries to propagate the elements in BRI and CPEC which are not there in reality. He was of the view that BRI and CPEC is meant to providing development and prosperity to those countries which are struggling for the prosperity. Instead of propagating the negative propaganda, the countries must contribute in this great path. They must join hands in development rather than putting the efforts down.
Ms. Farhat Asif, President Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies said that Institute is publishing latest updates on CPEC in Urdu and English version for the larger audience in Pakistan and the world. She was of the view that students and faculty members apart from the civil society groups must think critically and must not follow the negative propaganda and begin to learn about countries like China and their work ethics, values and ways to progress. She said that Pakistan and China are old friends and have made their friendship iconic and visionary for the rest of the world to follow. A large number of diplomats, students and members of the civil society have participated in the seminar reflecting the keen interest among the people to know more about the concept and urge to learn.