Archive for February, 2011

February 27, 2011

FPCCI office at Chengdu will enhance Pak-China trade to $15bn

The Chengdu office of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) shall play an important role in promoting economic cooperation between Pakistan and China and help achieve bilateral trade target of dollars 15 billion by 2015.

This was stated by Senator Ghulam Ali, President FPCCI and Chairman Standing committee of Senate on Information and Broadcasting during his visit to the first-ever overseas office of FPCCI, said FPCCI statement here on Saturday.

Tariq Sayeed, immediate former president of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former president FPCCI, Ata Bajwa, Vice President, Mansha Chhurra, former vice president of FPCCI, Hasan Habib, Consul General of Pakistan and Dr. Saifuddin Junejo, Commercial Consular of Pakistan in Chengdu, Javed Kahlil, Vice Chairman Pak-China Business Council of FPCCI, Naseem Vohra and Iqbal Tabish, Secretary General SAARC CCI accompanied him.

Earlier, FPCCI office was formally inaugurated by Zhang Zuo-ha, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province of China during the 2nd Sichuan- South Business Promotion held on Feb. 25, 2011.

FPCCI President Senator Ghulam Ali said FPCCI office has been provided by China Council for Promotion of International Trade , Sichuan Province, which is a reflection of 60 years old Pak-China friendship and China’s keen interest for strengthening economic cooperation with Pakistan. He hoped that the FPCCI office shall provide consultancy to the business community of Pakistan and help explore business opportunity in huge market of Sichuan province.

He said the FPCCI and its leadership is honoured by Sichuan Government, which will help materialize the desire of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to establish close economic cooperation with China. The office is functional and a Chinese speaking Director has been appointed to resolve the issues faced by business community of Pakistan.

The Pakistan delegation also visited Longquil Economic Development Zone in Chengdu and examined the manufacturing process of drilling machines in Kollebo factory and also visited Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor Company in the zone.

The visit was arranged by CCPIT, Sichuan Council Vice President, Yu Ping.

via FPCCI office at Chengdu will enhance Pak-China trade to $15bn.

February 26, 2011

Chinese and Pakistan Signal the Rest of the World

This week, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is also vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), which oversees the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), met with General Khalid Wynne, Chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. The meetings, and associated announcements, underscore the close security relationship between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Pakistan.

China and Pakistan have a long history of military cooperation. The Chinese have helped Pakistan develop its indigenous arms industry, and joint ventures between the two states include joint production of the K-8 trainer and FC-1/JF-17 multi-role combat aircraft and Chinese assistance in the development of the Al-Khalid main battle tank. Meanwhile, Chinese investments in Pakistani transportation infrastructure, including the development of Gwadar port and the construction of the Karakoram Highway linking the two nations, are often seen as having national security implications for both nations.

The announcement of further strengthening of defense links likely constitutes several messages, from both Beijing and Islamabad, aimed at a number of audiences. The most obvious is a reminder to India of the close strategic ties between China and Pakistan. As India modernizes its military, both China and Pakistan share an interest in keeping the Indian leadership on edge.

At the same time, both Beijing and Islamabad may be signaling Washington, although with somewhat different messages. From the Pakistani point of view, the intent may be to remind American leaders that Pakistan is not dependent upon the United States; indeed, there are other powerful states that support the current leadership of Pakistan, whatever their policies towards Afghanistan and India.

China, meanwhile, may well be signaling Washington that any effort to forge a closer US-India relationship will be met by corresponding Chinese moves. Indeed, coupled with Chinese efforts to sell two nuclear reactors to Pakistan, it would appear that China will use various means to balance the United States in the Indian Ocean region.

via Chinese and Pakistan Signal the Rest of the World | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News..

February 25, 2011

China, Pakistan to consolidate friendship, deepen co-op



Chinese and Pakistani leaders agreed during meetings in Beijing Thursday to consolidate their “all-weather” friendship and deepen pragmatic cooperation.

Xi Jinping, Chinese Vice President and Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, met Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

China had conducted fruitful cooperation with Pakistan in a wide range of areas in recent years, and would continue to support Pakistan in important projects concerning the national economy and people’s livelihood, and promote the common prosperity of both countries, Xi said.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan and is China-Pakistan Friendship Year.

The two nations would hold events covering politics, trade and economy, the military, culture and sports and education to further people-to-people exchanges, promote friendship and deepen pragmatic cooperation, Xi said.

Wynne said Pakistan was proud to have a great friend such as China and was willing to support China in issues concerning China’s core interests.

via China, Pakistan to consolidate friendship, deepen co-op.

February 25, 2011

China on Kashmir

The statement of the Chinese Vice Minister of International Department of Central Committee of Communist Party, Ai Ping, that immediate solution of the Kashmir conflict in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions is essential to peace in the subcontinent is a strong reminder to New Delhi to abide by its international obligations.

Mr Ai made these comments at Mansoora in Lahore where he was holding a meting with Jama’at-i-Islami leader Syed Munawar Hussan on Wednesday. It was likewise reassuring to see the Chinese leader emphasise the importance of 2011 as the year of Pak-China friendship, pointing out at the same time that both the enemies of the two countries were mutual. It is a matter of great relief that China has invariably stood by our side, while the US does everything it can to besmirch the image of Pakistan. It leaders continue to articulate and rather advocate Islamabad’s stand on the Kashmir dispute, reminding India to give up its brutal occupation of the Held Valley. The zeal with which the Chinese have been endorsing the cause of Kashmiris and their right to self-determination is not so easy to match. New Delhi must heed China’s warning seriously because as Mr Ai has stressed, it is nothing but regional peace that is at stake. Being the permanent member of the UN Security Council, China is also a lawful authority for pressing for the implementation of its resolutions on a crucial conflict prevailing right next to its border.

One would very much wish that our leadership realise the great value of Chinese friendship for the country, especially in the present scenario of the Americans befriending New Delhi at the cost of our national interest, though calling us key ally in the war on terror. Our one-dimensional policy of siding with the US has done us great harm. It is time to shift the focus towards Beijing, not by mere words of mouth but actual deeds.

via China on Kashmir | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online.

February 25, 2011

All political parties unanimous on strengthening Sino-Pak ties: PM

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday welcomed the growing ties between the Communist Party of China (CPC) and all political parties of Pakistan, saying that Pakistan-China friendship was one of those matters on which all political stakeholders in Pakistan were unanimous and keen to take the strategic partnership to even higher levels. He conveyed the government’s felicitations to the government and the people of China on the 90th Anniversary of the founding of Communist Party of China (CPC).
The Prime Minister was talking to Ai Ping, Vice Minister of International Department of the Communist Party of China, who alongwith a delegation called on him here at the PM House.
The Prime Minister commended the CPC leadership for its vision and sagacity in leading China in the economic as well as international realm and for the betterment and prosperity of the Chinese people.
Noting that the Year 2011 being the 60th Anniversary Year of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries had been declared by Premier Wen Jiabao and himself as the ‘Year of Friendship’ between Pakistan and China, the Prime Minister said that a series of year long events were being planned in every sphere of the relationship to celebrate the year in a befitting manner.
He stated that as part of those celebrations, he was looking forward to his visit to China in the middle of the year and that of the Chinese President to Pakistan in the later half of the year.
He expressed his confidence that these high level contacts would play an important role in further cementing of bilateral ties and expanding the cooperation in all fields.
The Prime Minister underlined the need for enhanced parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people contacts for passing down the legacy of these historically cordial relations to the next generations in both the countries.
The Prime Minister thanked the government and the people of China for their steadfast, prompt and generous support in relief and rehabilitation efforts of his government for the flood victims of last year.
He particularly thanked the Chinese government for standing by Pakistan in providing food, fuel and other necessities to the people of upper Hunza, who had been stranded after the massive landslide blocking the Hunza River and then creating Attaabad lake.
The Prime Minister reiterated his government’s continued support to One China Policy, Chinese reunification with Taiwan and for the Chinese government’s efforts for safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Prime Minister added that Pakistan considered Tibbet as an integral part of China and would persist in its anti-terrorism cooperation with China, particularly with regard to (East Turkistan Independent Movement (ETIM).
The Prime Minister while expressing his satisfaction on the on-going cooperation between the two countries at the international foras, termed it gratifying that Pakistan and China had identical positions on most of the regional and international issues and they should strengthen their coordination and cooperation in this regard at the United Nations as well as other international forums.
The Prime Minister asked the Vice Minister Ai Ping to convey his personal greetings and best wishes to Premier Wen Jiabao and the Chinese leadership.
Vice Minister Ai Ping acknowledged  the pivotal role played by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed in bringing Pakistan and China  closer and thanked the Prime Minister for his personal as well as family’s commitment and investment in strengthening of Pakistan-China relations.
He also thanked the Government of Pakistan for its continued support to China on Taiwan, Tibbet and ETIM issues and agreed with the Prime Minister that excellent state-to-state and Party-to-Party ties should be translated into fostering even stronger economic, trade, investment, defence and social ties between the two countries.
He apprised the Prime Minister that earlier in the day he had participated in the launching ceremony of Chinese language classes in Islamabad and his party was keen to build on people-to-people relations by focusing on the cultural aspects of the friendship.
Ai Ping conveyed the best wishes of Chinese Communist Party and government leadership to the Prime Minister and the Pakistani leadership and assured that his party would continue to strive through unwavering commitment to play a role in expansion of cooperation in multi-faceted fields.
Senior officials from both the sides were also present in the meeting.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – All political parties unanimous on strengthening Sino-Pak ties: PM.

February 24, 2011

Pakistan appreciates China’s support for economic development

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday said Pakistan considers relations with China of utmost importance and appreciates its support for economic development.She was talking to Minister of the International Department, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) here at the Foreign Office.Issues pertaining to bilateral relations, regional and global issues of mutual interest were discussed.The Minister highlighted the importance of Chinese investments in Pakistan’s mega strategic projects, noted support to country’s economic development and urged further consolidation of their economic partnership.

Khar said both countries enjoy complete trust and convergence of views on all bilateral, regional and international issues.

She appreciated the frequent exchanges of visits between the two countries at various levels. Pakistan supports “One China” Policy.

The Vice Minister stated that Pakistan and China were close and all weather friends and remarked that the two countries may enhance this unique relationship through frequent people to people interactions and public diplomacy.

He mentioned his interaction with various political parties and mentioned opening ceremony of Chinese language classes in a private school system.

Pakistan and China enjoy a multifaceted and multidimensional strategic partnership, based on mutual trust and mutuality of interests. Strengthening of cooperation with China is one of the key principles guiding Pakistan’s foreign policy.

The two countries have declared 2011 as the Friendship Year. A comprehensive Action Plan to celebrate the Friendship year has been chalked out, focusing on wider interaction between the two countries’ leadership and the people through joint activities and exchanges.

via Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Pakistan appreciates China’s support for economic development; Khar.

February 24, 2011

Pakistan, China to Hold Joint Military Exercises in 2011

Pakistan and China will hold two joint military exercises in 2011, a Pakistani senior military leader said Tuesday.

The two exercises, one army drill and one air force one, will be held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and China, said General Khalid Shameem Wynne, chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Wynne, who is paying a five-day visit to China, told reporters that the two countries will also participate in a multinational navy drill in March.

Wynne hailed the strategic partnership between Pakistan and China, saying it is “the best example” of bilateral ties and a “stabilizing force” in the region.

“The China-Pakistan partnership is a source of comfort and stability for the entire region,” Wynne said.

The visit is Wynne’s first official visit to China since he was promoted to the rank of general and assumed his present position in October 2010.

In July 2010, Wynne led a joint anti-terrorism drill between Pakistan and China in Qingtongxia in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

via Pakistan, China to Hold Joint Military Exercises in 2011.

February 23, 2011

China, Pakistan pledge to enhance military co-op

China and Pakistan pledged to enhance strategic communication and cooperation between their militaries during the 8th Sino-Pakistani Defense and Security Talks held here Wednesday.

China attaches great importance and is devoted to pushing forward relations between the two militaries, Chen Bingde, Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, told visiting General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan.

China is willing to work with Pakistan to develop the mechanism of defense and security talks, deepen strategic cooperation and contribute to the peace, stability and common development in the region and the world, Chen said.

Wynne said the traditional friendship between Pakistan and China is an example of a healthy bilateral relationship.

The Pakistani army is willing to continue to strengthen friendly communication and cooperation with the Chinese army, and make more efforts to safeguard the two countries’ development and security interests, Wynne said.

The First China-Pakistan Defense and Security Talks was held in March 2002.

via China, Pakistan pledge to enhance military co-op.

February 23, 2011

China to continue its role in development of Pakistan: Chinese Minister

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Mr I Ping said here on Monday China would keep playing its role in the development of Pakistan.Pak-China friendship was boosting day by day he said while inaugurating Chinese Language classes at Roots Schools System here as well as the launch of Nihao-Salam, a monthly magazine by Pakistan-China Institute.Ping who was chief guest on the occasion said youth of both the countries would be interlinked through culture, education and in different fields.Speaking on the occasion, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said Pakistan and China have declared 2011 as the Year of Friendship.

This year, he said, also marks the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between both the countries.

Mushahid Hussain said Pak-China will celebrate the year at the leadership, business and people-to-people levels.

Faisal Mushtaq, Chief Executive of Roots Schools System said an empowered youth can change the picture of this region.

A youth is a driving force for growth and development. The youth of Pakistan and China are an untapped resource and need to be educated and informed to further strengthen the already strong relationship between Pakistan and China, he added.

Faisal said opportunities for the youth must be created on both sides to empower the youth.

Roots Schools System has also marked 2011 as the year of Pak-China Friendship and has planned to organise different activities, discussions, art competitions, debates, music contests and many more special events during the year.

Other speakers included Javed Laghari, Chairman Higher Education Commision highlighted the importance of Pak-China’s time tested, exemplary,bilateral relations and emphasized the need for furhter strengthening mutual relationship.

via Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – China to continue its role in development of Pakistan: Chinese Minister.

February 22, 2011

Pakistani private school opens Chinese language classes

An elite private school in Pakistan announced Monday it will open Chinese language classes, the first of its kind, in the private education sector in a country where people have an increasing interest in Chinese language and culture.

The Roots School System of Pakistan, in collaboration with the Pakistan-China Institute, has started regular Chinese classes in the academic curriculum for students. At the inauguration ceremony, the institute also launched an official website for a monthly E- magazine, Nihao-Salam, to highlight the basic facets of Pakistan- China ties.

School managers said that by starting regular Chinese language classes at primary level they hope to enable the young generation of Pakistan to get a closer interaction with the ways and culture of Chinese people by removing the language barriers.

Students of the school hummed songs and performed upon Chinese and Pakistani music to welcome the cultural values of both brotherly countries.

Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of Pakistan-China Institute Mushahid Hussain Syed said that the inauguration of Chinese classes at private school would further enhance the cultural and social relations between the peoples of the two neighbors.

“As the year 2011 marks the 60-year long friendship of Pakistan and China, we will celebrate the year at the leadership, business and people-to-people levels,” he said.

In recent years, the culture exchanges between Pakistan and China have been boosted and yielded well. In Pakistan, Chinese language classes have been set up in the Islamabad Confucius Institute, the National University of Modern Languages and a number of public high schools.

Talking to Xinhua, the visiting vice minister of the International Department of Chinese Communist Party, Ai Ping, said that the Pakistan-China friendship is growing day by day and China would keep playing its role in the development of Pakistan.

“As language is a bridge for culture, the youth of both countries would be interlinked through culture, education and in different fields,” he said.

via Pakistani private school opens Chinese language classes – People’s Daily Online.