Youths are envoy of Pak-China all-weather, time-tested friendship: Ambassador Masood

Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khan has said that youth are the envoys of Pakistan-China friendship and represent the most dynamic element in people to people contacts between the two countries.He said this while welcoming a delegation of students from the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) who visited Pakistan Embassy.China Foreign Affairs University is one of the prestigious and prominent universities of China. It is associated with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is sometimes referred to as a “cradle of diplomats”.The Embassy of Pakistan regularly receives students from CFAU to have an interaction with them, to respond to their questions, and to inform them about Pakistan-China relations.
Pakistan’s envoy to China, Masood Khan stressed on the historic bonds of friendship between Pakistan and China highlighting that the relationship between the two countries is unique and is growing from strength to strength with the passage of time.
“In many ways the Pakistan China relations have become a model for interstate relations,” he added.
Khan said that the bond at the level of people has sustained our ties despite internal and external changes, addining: “We were friends in the Cold War and we are friends now”.
The Pakistan Ambassador said that this year is a special year as we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani and Premier Wen Jiabao have declared 2011 as Pakistan China Friendship Year.
Ambassador Khan pointed out that there would special emphasis on people to people contacts and on youths.
He informed  the students that studying diplomacy, international law,and foreign languages’ is good for you because you will become successful professionals in your lives.
It is good for diplomacy because you would use your skills to resolve differences amongst nations and to bring them closer, he added.
The Pakistan Ambassador to China said that that the people of Pakistan and China love each other.  The relationship between the two countries has now to be inherited by young men and women of China and Pakistan who will be future architects and custodians of this unique brand of interstate relations, he said.
Speaking to the participants, Masood Khan said China is leading the way forward in world trade and finance and Pakistan is keen to learn from its experiences.
The Ambassador said we will boost our bilateral trade from current US$ 7 billion to US S 15 billion in the next five years. He said both countries will jointly work in areas of health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, information and communications technology, energy, agriculture, and industry.
Masood Khan said that steps are being taken for increasing the people to people and cultural contacts between the two countries. He stated that the youth hold the key to any country’s future and that he is confident that the youth of both countries have the resolve to carry the beacon of this unique friendship in future.
The Pakistan Ambassador said that this year the special emphasis is on youth exchanges and a 100 member Chinese delegation which was in Pakistan just returned Friday.
Masood Khan expressed the hope that in the near future a 100 member Pakistan youth delegation and 100 Pakistani students of high/middle school students will come to China to learn about this great country.
He informed the students that Premier Wen Jiabao during his recent visit to Pakistan announced 500 scholarships for Pakistani students in the next three years.
There are 6000 Pakistani students studying in Chinese universities and we want to increase the number to at least 10000, he added.
The Pakistan envoy said that there would be special focus on expansion of cultural, sporting and people to people interactions in a comprehensive manner and engagement in broad context between the universities, think tanks, academic institutions, mass media, film and television industry.
“We will also explore the possibility of exchange of young entrepreneurs and volunteers and establish a young entrepreneur’s forum”, he added.
Masood Khan said Pakistan aspires to consolidate itself as a progressive and democratic nation and as catalyst for peace and development in the region.
“Pakistan wants to achieve these objectives in close collaboration with its closest friend China,” he observed.
Earlier, Ms. Niki Wu, Vice President, Current Affairs Student Association of CFAU said that Pakistan and China enjoy very deep relations.
She said that Pakistan and China are close friends and the friendship has strengthened over the past six decades. Niki said that it is now the duty of the youth of the two countries to raise this unique relationship to new heights.
Senior officers from the Embassy were also present on the occasion.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Youths are envoy of Pak-China all- weather, time-tested friendship: Ambassador Masood.

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