Archive for April, 2011

April 30, 2011

Sino-Pak relations: Scholars advise cooperation in rebuilding Afghanistan

Visiting Chinese scholars have expressed interest in seeking Pakistan’s cooperation on Afghanistan. They believe China could play an effective role in stabilising Afghanistan via an arrangement with Pakistan, says a press release.

A delegation of scholars from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) headed, by its Vice President Mr Ji Zhiye, visited the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) on Friday evening for exchange of views with Pakistani scholars.

Other members of the Chinese delegation included Mr Hu Shisheng, Ms Ni Xiayun and Mr Du Bing.

The leader of the delegation said that China could play an effective role in stabilising the situation in Afghanistan through a tri-lateral arrangement with Pakistan, as China could benefit from Pakistan’s knowledge of and close ties with Afghanistan. He suggested that such an arrangement could neutralize, in his opinion, “the nexus building up between the US and India under the recent declaration of strategic partnership between the US and Afghanistan.”

IPRI scholars briefed the Chinese guests on areas in which the two countries could bolster their mutual relations. They explained how terrorism, which in their opinion was a spillover from the Afghan war, remains the biggest threat to the stability of Pakistan.

They said Pakistan can contribute a great deal in bringing peace to Afghanistan through its close blood ties with the Pashtun population.

The Chinese scholars, who arrived here after a trip to Kabul, thought that the position of the Karzai government depended heavily on the presence of “Western forces” and found it difficult to assess what may happen when the Americans and NATO forces quit.

They said that the region’s countries, particularly Pakistan and China,
can play a very positive role in Afghanistan through cooperation in rebuilding
the Afghan society economically, politically and through re-construction of its social and physical infrastructure.

IPRI Acting President Dr Maqsudul Hasan Nuri thanked the guest scholars for what he called “their lucid review of the situation in the region.”

Sino-Pak relations: Scholars advise cooperation in rebuilding Afghanistan – The Express Tribune

April 29, 2011

As Ties With US Sour, Islamabad Turns to Beijing

As ties between Washington and Islamabad reach one of their lowest points in over a decade, Pakistan’s top diplomat is on a trip to Beijing from Thursday (today) to shore up cooperation and support from one of the country’s oldest allies.

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir is visiting China for discussions with the Chinese leadership on bilateral, regional and international issues on April 28 and 29, said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

“The foreign secretary will hold consultations with Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun,” said Tehmina Janjua in a statement issued in Islamabad on Wednesday. The visit is in the context of the established Pakistan-China strategic dialogue mechanism between the two foreign ministries.

But official sources confirmed that the foreign secretary’s visit to China was prompted by the recent rise in tensions between Pakistan and the United States due to a series of events, including the Raymond Davis affair and US a drone strike that killed dozens of civilians in Pakistan’s tribal districts.

“Under these circumstances, the foreign secretary’s visit to China has assumed greater significance,” said one foreign office official who wished to remain anonymous. “We have excellent relations with China but the time has come to take the ties to the next level where we should have less reliance on the Americans.”

Bashir’s visit to Beijing comes days after he dashed to Washington in an effort to overcome differences that have the potential to unravel ties between Pakistan and the United States and consequently impeding progress in Afghanistan.

Sources say Salman Bashir is strong advocate of seeking realignments, and has presented a detailed analysis to the government regarding a reduction in dependence on the US by reaching out to the Chinese.

As Ties With US Sour, Islamabad Turns to Beijing |

April 28, 2011

China-Pakistan-Afghanistan-building economic ties | Pakistan: Now or Never?

During a visit to Beijing in late 2009, President Barack Obama asked China to help stabilise Pakistan and Afghanistan. The logic was obvious. China is a long-standing ally of Pakistan with growing investments there and in Afghanistan; it has the money to pay for the economic development and trade both countries need; and with its own worries about its Uighur minority, it is suspicious of militant Islamists.  The challenge was in achieving this without angering India, which fought a border war with China in 1962 and is wary of its alliance with Pakistan.

Myra MacDonald

A year-and-a-half on, efforts to forge that economic cooperation between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan are in full swing – though perhaps not entirely in the way Obama envisaged. The Wall Street quoted Afghan officials as saying that Pakistan was lobbying Afghanistan’s president against building a long-term strategic partnership with the United States, urging him instead to look to Pakistan and China for help.

“The pitch was made at an April 16 meeting in Kabul by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who bluntly told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the Americans had failed them both, according to Afghans familiar with the meeting,” the newspaper said. “Mr. Karzai should forget about allowing a long-term U.S. military presence in his country, Mr. Gilani said, according to the Afghans. Pakistan’s bid to cut the U.S. out of Afghanistan’s future is the clearest sign to date that, as the nearly 10-year war’s endgame begins, tensions between Washington and Islamabad threaten to scuttle America’s prospects of ending the conflict on its own terms.”

The Pakistan government has denied it made this suggestion, as did a spokesman for Karzai quoted by the newspaper.  Neither country is in a position to turn its back on the United States, still the world’s pre-eminent military and economic power. But there is at least a kernel of truth in there, buried under a lot of spin which the Wall Street Journal itself said was probably an attempt by Afghan officials to influence talks on the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan after U.S. combat troops withdraw in 2014.

Indeed a lot of what is included in the Wall Street Journal story has been said in public by Pakistan itself, albeit without the same spin.

Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani told a news conference in Kabul that he and Karzai had agreed there was no military solution for Afghanistan. And they had agreed to work together to build economic and trade ties to seek stability through economic development.

“It has become imperative that we join our efforts and take ownership of our affairs so that we can overcome the pressing challenges. We believe that given the enormous resources – both human and natural – of our two countries, our collective economic potential is phenomenal,” he said.

“We have, today, agreed to give high priority and to work together the development track. This means optimally utilizing our natural economic complementarities and that of the region as a whole, for socio-economic development and prosperity. Several important mega projects, including trans-regional projects, such as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline; building of electricity transmission lines; enhancing physical connectivity by building or upgrading requisite infrastructure, including road and rail transportation and communication links as well as expediting the implementation mechanisms for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement etc. need to be fast-tracked.”

Any talk of building up trade, oil pipelines and roads, at least from a Pakistan point of view, invariably involves China with its large and growing market. China has several thousand labourers in Pakistan working on infrastructure and building, repairing or expanding roads, which would open up trade routes and also link up with Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, giving it access to Gulf oil supplies.

Pakistan, meanwhile, has always said it regards China as an “all weather” friend. Its top officials, including Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, have visited Beijing regularly.  (the Foreign Secretary will be Beijing for talks on April 28-29). And it has never made any secret of its concern that the United States, which abandoned the region after the Soviet Union left Afghanistan in 1989, might do so again. That concern is growing as the United States becomes mired in the Middle East and faces mounting economic difficulties, exacerbated by rising oil prices.

So logically, it would make sense for Pakistan to forge economic partnerships with Afghanistan and China. The question is whether this automatically means a loss for the United States. Arguably, better economic conditions would make it easier to stabilise Afghanistan while also providing jobs to Afghan and Pakistani youths who might otherwise be drawn into Islamist militancy.

Indeed there is even a certain amount of strategic convergence between what Pakistan and the United States say they want in seeking stability in Afghanistan – something of an irony given the current tensions in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Washington has been pushing for years for improved relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, including an increase in transit trade.

In an article at Foreign Policy, Steve Levine argues there would be nothing wrong with China playing a much bigger role in Afghanistan.  ”… China has a record of actually building what it says it’s going to build, and not waiting for bankers to see a dime to be earned on the interest, or necessarily for a civil war to wind down,” he writes.  “Pakistan’s notion of a favorable outcome would be an Afghanistan open to the return of the Taliban. That should not miff the United States, which did not attack Afghanistan to dethrone the Taliban, but al Qaeda.”

“As for China, the only matter about which it’s more obsessive than its political agnosticism in search of resource riches is its obsessive suppression of anything Uighur, the Turkic Muslim people native to Xinjiang Province. Beijing is absolutely certain that Uighurs are intent on destroying Han Chinese dominance in Xinjiang (they are probably right), and have pursued exile Uighurs throughout Central Asia, and into Afghanistan and Pakistan. China has made it a quid pro quo with these neighbors — suppress local Uighurs, and obtain Chinese goodies. Therefore, a strong China would probably not encourage the revival of dangerous local militancy in Afghanistan. That is the paramount American goal — ensuring that a new big terrorist threat doesn’t emerge there.”

The challenge for Washington is not whether a greater Chinese role would be potentially in its interests — after all Obama asked for it – but whether it can actually manage delicate coordination with Beijing while also juggling a highly charged relationship with Pakistan (and worrying about the Middle East and economic problems at home.)

In testimony to a U.S. commission this week, Andrew Small, a China expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, argued that Washington is indeed getting a measure of how to manage its relationship with China – albeit with many caveats.

“China’s ‘assertiveness’ has become the tagline for international anxiety about Chinese foreign policy behavior, but it is not assertiveness per se that is the
real concern. After all, the United States and other countries have spent many years encouraging China to take a more active leadership role on the
international stage. The disquiet has rather resulted from Beijing’s narrow, nationalistic conception of interests,” he said.

“The upside is that after some initial missteps, the U.S. policy response has been increasingly effective, both regionally and globally, and China has had to
recalibrate its approach accordingly. Moreover, in concert with its friends and allies, the United States has the means to ensure that an unconstructive
approach remains costly for Beijing to pursue. The open question, however, is whether the Chinese leadership is willing, or even fully able, to go through a deeper process of revisiting its strategy as a result. If not, competition and confrontation are likely to become ever more central features in U.S.-China relations, and in Asia more broadly, in the years to come.”

Meanwhile as far as India is concerned, opinion is divided on whether to fear a rising China or work with it and share in its growing economy and increasing global clout. India has managed to build trade ties with China even without resolving its dispute over the two countries’ long Himalayan border.  Going right back to the time of its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, it argued for the need for an opening of the ancient trade routes into Central Asia — abruptly shut by the partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

This week India is holding its first trade negotiations with Pakistan since the November 2008 attack on Mumbai as part of a gradual thaw in ties between New Delhi and Islamabad. Its prime minister, Manmohan Singh, is firmly in the camp of those who focus on economic development rather than strategic rivalry. That leaves him in tune with the Chinese argument that its greater involvement in the region is potentially a win-win, rather than the zero sum game which tends to dominate thinking on Afghanistan.

And we had an indication this month of how the current Indian government is likely to respond to increasing Chinese involvement in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was probably quite  significant in showing which way the cards will fall in the debate between strategic rivalry versus economic development. It had to do with building roads, which can either be seen as a military threat (useful for invading armies) or an economic gain (helpful for trade).

A senior Indian commander was quoted by Indian newspapers as saying that the Chinese “are actually stationed and present” on the Line of Control, the ceasefire line dividing the Pakistani and Indian parts of Kashmir. That sort of development would normally set alarm bells ringing so loudly in Delhi that they would explode or short-circuit. Yet the Indian foreign ministry comment on the subject was relatively muted, arguing for vigilance rather than alarm.

The government, it said, “closely and regularly monitors all developments along our borders, which can have a bearing on our security. We continuously review and take all measures necessary to ensure the safety and security of our people, as well as, territorial integrity of the nation.”  (It is perhaps no coincidence that India’s top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, has played a major role in managing peace talks with Pakistan and is also a former ambassador to China.)

As mentioned above, the Chinese are heavily involved in road-building, and the road to Skardu, opposite Kargil on the Line of Control,  is currently being expanded. India is also building roads on its side. And before the Mumbai attacks soured relations, Prime Minister Singh had talked about opening the road between Skardu and Kargil – the scene of a bitter border war fought between India and Pakistan in 1999 – to improve trade routes to Central Asia and China.

Roads, and even pipelines, are far less likely to gain media attention than spy rows — and the very public spat between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and the CIA triggered by the arrest in Lahore of CIA contractor Raymond Davis has dominated the narrative for months.  Yet economic development is arguably the one that governments care about — in democracies, it is what helps get them re-elected.  Washington has also repeatedly stressed the need for economic development in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.   Seen through that prism, the talk of increasing economic cooperation between Pakistan, Afghanistan and China looks somewhat different.

And after all, if Pakistan’s prime minister can stand up at a press conference in Kabul and talk about electricity transmission lines, maybe the rest of us should pay attention. In the debate between economic development and strategic rivalry, the former – for now – is winning out.

China-Pakistan-Afghanistan-building economic ties | Pakistan: Now or Never?.

April 28, 2011

Pakistan, China to sign MoU for agri development

The Director General of Ministry of Agriculture of China, Hu Yuahan has said that Pakistan and China will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for further development of agriculture of Pakistan.

A four-member delegation headed by Hu Yuahan called on Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Dr. Muhammad Afzal here on Wednesday. Dr. Muhammad Afzal briefed the delegation on the activities of PARC, including assisting, promoting and coordinating agricultural research.

He informed the delegation about the major areas which include crops, horticulture, agricultural biotechnology, farm mechanization, natural resources, animal and social sciences. He said that PARC in collaboration with provincial institutes has developed various varieties of wheat, rice, pulses, maize, sorghum, millet, fodder, cotton, sugarcane, oilseeds and horticultural crops.

Dr Afzal apprized the delegation that in Pakistan 9 million families are involved in this lives stock sector who are maintaining 33 million cattle’s, 31 million buffalos, 29 million sheep’s, 62 million goats.There are 20 milk factories in the dairy sector. He said that establishment of “Agriculture Demonstration Centre” in Pakistan will help to train the farmers, demonstration of technologies and development of new Hybrid crop varieties.

via Pakistan, China to sign MoU for agri development.

April 27, 2011

Pakistan wants to increase number of students in Chinese institutions to 12000

Ambassador Masood Khan has said here that at present six thousand Pakistani students were studying in China and the immediate goals is to increase these numbers to twelve thousand.Talking to the President of Honder College of Inner Mongolia Normal University Zhou Yushu here Monday at the Pakistan Embassy on their successful visit to Pakistan, Ambassador Khan said that the long term goal of both sides was to touch the figure of 1 million people.In this regard, he said that the visit by the delegation of Honder College to Pakistan is a ‘catalyst’.The Ambassador said that many intuitions in Pakistan have started teaching Chinese language.

He pointed out that Pakistan and China during Premier Wen Jiabao visit to Islamabad in December accorded education as priority area in the joint statement issued on the occasion.

He informed Zhou that when he visited the Honder college, last year,he was impressed with the high quality of standard ‘your dynamic approach’ and your endeavour made it a high quality institution in private sector.

Ambassador Khan said that he was glad on the visit to Pakistan where the Chinese students observed the working of public and private education initiations.

He further said that private institutions of Pakistan are imparting quality education and government was working hard to improve the education in public sector as well..

He said that although Pakistan is fighting the menace of terrorism,our commitments towards spreading education remains unaffected.

He assured that the cooperation of Honder College will proceed smoothly with the Pakistani intuitions.

Earlier, President Zhou briefed the Ambassador about his visit and said that he was really impressed with the quality and standard of the education being imparted in various higher learning institutions in Pakistan.

He said that he has signed MoUs with two institutions for teachers and students exchange programmes.

The Atichen College Lahore is planning to participate in the Summer Camp of the Honder College this year, he said.

He informed that Ambassador that his college wants to establish Pakistan Study Center in the Library named after him and sought the Ambassador approval.

The President also invited Ambassador Khan for the inauguration of two newly built bloc of the University.

via Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Pakistan wants to increase number of students in Chinese institutions to 12000.

April 27, 2011

Chinese bank to lend Pakistan $1.7bn for train system

The Export-Import Bank of China will loan Pakistan $1.7 billion to develop a city-wide train system in the eastern city of Lahore, a senior Pakistani government official said on Wednesday.

The 15-year loan will be disbursed in the next five years, and negotiations with Eximbank are under way to finalise other details, Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, chairman of the Lahore Transport Company (LTC), said.

“The bank agreed to lend us the money with a two-year grace period, and our aim is to get it at 6 percent interest,” he told Reuters.

The Punjab government recently agreed to award the 27 km train line contract project to the Chinese company China North Industries Corp (Norinco). In 2008, a French company had estimated the cost of the project at $2.4 billion.

The Chinese “were very kind and they brought down the cost of the project to $1.7 billion,” Hassan said.

He said the project was likely to begin by the end of 2011.

Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, Pakistan’s most populous and prosperous province, is home to more than 5 million people.

Officials expect the new transport system, the first of its kind in the country, will substantially decrease road traffic.

“There will be a big change. If we are able to bring here the system which we saw in China, thousands of vehicles (will) eventually go off the road,” Hafiz Nauman, a provincial lawmaker and senior member of the LTC, said.

He said another Chinese company will supply 111 buses to the city in June.

Seen as an “all-weather friend” to Pakistan, China has invested heavily in infrastructure development, particularly in the strategic and mineral-rich southwest, bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

China Three Gorges Corp, China’s largest hydropower developer, is ready to invest $15 billion in Pakistan’s troubled energy sector, an investment that could add 10,000 megawatts to Pakistan’s main grid over the next 10 years, a senior company official told Reuters in an interview on April 7.

China is a main supplier of military and defence hardware to Pakistan, and has helped the country build nuclear power plants.

via China Eximbank to lend Pakistan $1.7bn for train system.

April 26, 2011

Pakistani youth visit China

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian (centre) greets Pakistani youth delegation members April 21 in Islamabad. A 100-member youth delegation left for China April 21. [Yasir Rehman]

To promote personal contact and maintain strong ties from generation to generation, a 100-member youth delegation from Pakistan left April 21 for China.

In 2006, visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao invited 100 Pakistani youth to visit his country annually at Chinese expense for five years. Pakistan made a reciprocal offer.

The exchange coincides with celebrations of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Both sides have declared 2011 the Pak-China Friendship Year.

“The youth exchange programme is aimed at increasing mutual understanding between the two countries and peoples, especially in the Pak-China Friendship Year,” Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian told Central Asia Online.

The youth delegation has an even balance of both genders selected from every corner of the country and every walk of life. Meanwhile, a high-level Chinese delegation from Inner Mongolia is visiting Pakistan on in connection with the Friendship Year.

A Chinese delegation of government officials, academics, writers and journalists in their 20s and 30s visited Pakistan earlier this year.

“Youth are the future of the country who will strive to bring the two countries closer and deepen their ties, for the times to come,” Liu said.

Liu hosted a reception at the Chinese Embassy for the Pakistani youth delegation before its departure. The youth delegation is scheduled to visit Beijing, Jiangxi and Guangdong April 22-29 and will interact with its Chinese counterparts.

“The Pak-China strategic partnership is a guarantee of peace and security of the region and helps the two nations in achieving economic stability and prosperity,” Liu said.

During Hu’s 2006 visit, Liu recalled, the two sides decided to exchange youth delegations annually to enhance understanding of each other’s customs, traditions and lives; share their experiences; and learn ways to improve their lives.

“Our relations are higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the oceans and sweeter than honey,” he said.

Sino-Pakistani relations are a good example of peaceful co-existence under two different social systems, he said.

Pakistani Additional Foreign Secretary Hassan Javed expressed hope that the youth would be able to learn much about China and emulate its successes in Pakistan.

Such visits provide a unique opportunity to learn about the culture and tradition of neighbours and to build mutual understanding, Salman Paras, 22, a Sheena-language local singer from Astore, Gilgit, told Central Asia Online.

“This visit will also provide me an opportunity to learn about Chinese music and poetry as well as China’s rich cultural heritage,” he said.

As part of the Friendship Year, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will visit China next month, while Hu plans to visit Islamabad during the final quarter of the year.

Pakistani youth visit China.

April 25, 2011

China to Fund Lahore Mass Transit Project

An agreement was signed between the Punjab government and China in Beijing on the Lahore Mass Transit Project to be completed at a cost of US$1.7 billion.

After the Taunsa Power Project agreement, it is the second big achievement of the delegation visiting China-led by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. LTC Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hassan on behalf of the Punjab government whereas Zhang Shiping, vice president of NORINCO, an international company of China, signed the agreement. Seven-kilometre portion of urban rail spreading over a stretch of 27-km in Lahore from Gajumata to Shahdara on Ferozepur Road would be laid underground. As much as 85 percent capital would be provided by China.

Addressing the agreement signing ceremony, Shahbaz said the project prepared with the cooperation of China would prove to be a beginning of public transport system revolution in Pakistan.

He said the economic cooperation by China with Punjab had transformed into solid agreements out of the MoUs. “Work on this project will be started during this year, and the Punjab government is ready to welcome the Chinese engineers and skilled workers for this purpose,” he added.

Meanwhile, at a high level four-hour long meeting presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at CM’s Secretariat here on Saturday, various proposals with regard to fixing the priorities of annual development programme 2011-12 and achievement of targets of the ADP 2010-11 were reviewed.

Senator Ishaq Dar, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Members National and Provincial Assemblies, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development and Secretaries of various departments as well as senior officers attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said despite flood devastations, no cut was made in the funds allocated for schemes with regard to providing education, health and other basic amenities during the current financial year. He mentioned that mobile health unit would be provided in each tehsil under a phased programme, and 20 more mobile health units would be imported during current year whereas, 30 mobile health units would be imported during next year. “Besides free medicines and the dialysis, new hospitals and medical colleges are also being established. In addition to health facilities, special attention has also been paid to the provision of education, infrastructure, safe drinking water and other basic facilities to the people,” he said, while Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department to evolve a strategy with regard to water supply schemes for providing potable water.

Sub-committees regarding education, health, infrastructure, agriculture and land were constituted in the meeting, which would present their recommendations for evolving a concrete course of action in connection with next ADP.

China to Fund Lahore Mass Transit Project |

April 24, 2011

Roots celebrates Pak-China friendship

Inline with the ongoing initiatives to promote Pak-China friendship, Roots School System took a step to consolidate the bond a notch higher by celebrating the Pak-China Friendship Year 2011 with much enthusiasm in the Annual Parents Day of Roots Junior School, F-8/4.

The event was held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday with Ambassador of China Liu Jian as the chief guest, and over 450 guests. The ambassador appreciated the outstanding performances of students and extended his heartiest congratulations to their parents and teachers of Roots School System.

Student from grade four presented an enchanting performance “The Unblemished Lotus”, which was followed by a stunning Kung fu performance. A fashion show of Chinese ethnic nationalities by students of grade two followed.

Students of grade five gave a marvellous presentation on a musical “Thousand Hands of Buddha” with a unique “umbrella dance” native to southern China. The grade five students also presented a Ribbon Dance and Dragon Dance performances. A tribute to recent achievements of China was presented by the students of Grade 4 which includes Shanghai Robotics Expo Expression, China Olympics 2008 Symbolic and Aerobics.

Speaking at the occasion Roots School System (RSS) Executive Director Faisal Mushtaque said that 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.

“Today we extend and pledge to renew our heartfelt commitment and support for an even prosperous relationship with the entire Nation of China,” he said.

He said that RSS will celebrate 2011 as “Year of Pak-China Friendship” and organize different activities, discussions, art competitions, debates, music contests and many more special events throughout the whole year.

via Annual Parents Day: Roots celebrates Pak-China friendship – The Express Tribune.

April 24, 2011

Pak youths need to learn from China’s secret of success: Masood Khan

Ambassador Masood Khan has said that it was imperative for the youth of Pakistan to learn the secret of China’s success and try to implement it in Pakistan to make their country strong and prosperous. He was addressing a reception welcoming the 100-member delegation comprising young men and women from all provinces as well as Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan at the Pakistan’s Embassy Sunday.

Ambassador Khan said that the programme for exchange of youth delegations from both the countries was announced in 2006 during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Pakistan.

He further said that the sapling of the strong friendship between Pakistan and China was planted by our forefathers 60 years ago and it was nurtured with the passage of time till it became a full grown tree today.

Now, he said, it is the responsibility of the youth of the two countries to further strengthen this bond of friendship and take it to new heights.

“These relations are higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, sweeter than honey and stronger than steel,” he said while tracing the history of Pakistan-China friendship.

He said the youth delegation will meet Chinese leadership and people representing various walks of life. This would enable them to learn from their own experience as to what made China the second economy in the shortest period of time.

Earlier, Joint Secretary of Economic Affairs Division of Pakistan, Mohammad Asif in his remarks thanked Ambassador Masood Khan for inviting the delegation to Pakistan Embassy and said that every effort has been made to ensure merit-based representation of all parts of Pakistan in the delegation.

Besides Beijing, the delegation which is visiting China at the invitation of All China Youth Federation, would also travel to Jiangxi, Guangdong and Hong Kong.

via Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Pak youths need to learn from China’s secret of success: Masood Khan.