Pak-China Common Civilization – strengthening ties for unity

Pakistan and China – countries joined by mountains and rivers, the Himalayas, the Karakorum and the Pamirs together – form a knot of geographical contiguity and unity.Pakistani and Chinese civilizations are not new. From 200 B.C to 700 A.D courageous scholars and envoys crossed daunting mountains to reach valleys of the territory that now constitutes Pakistan. Zhang Qian, Fa Xian, Song Yun, and Xuan Zang visited Swat, Charsada, Taxila, Banu, Peshawar, and Kashmir in these old days.The confluence of major river system brings them even closer as for centuries Pakistan’s civilization has been fed and enriched by the mighty Indus River, which has its source in China.

Similarly, China is custodian of the largest river of Asia, ‘Yangtze River’. It si full of natural beauty and has enhanced economical and socio-cultural position of the habitants, residing in the cities, established besides this giant river.
The years old civilization of Yangtze River of China, along with the Yellow River, the Yangtze is the most important river in the history, culture and economy of China. The prosperous Yangtze River Delta generates as much as 20% of China’s GDP. The river is an important physical and cultural dividing line between North and South China.
Chandu is one of the important cities established along the Yangtze River and a hub of economic activity of Western China which is not as much developed as the Eastern part of the country. In the views of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chengdu Syed Hassan Habib, “the city did enormous development in technology and industry during last few years and became a centre of economic activity in Western China”.
He said that there are a number of opportunities for Pakistani entrepreneurs to start their business as the market has large potential for launching a new avenue, and added that four Pakistani companies have inked agreements and negotiation with two more business companies is also under process.
Famous for the beauty of local women, Chandu is also renowned for its cultural street. Full of colour and life, it is not only a source of attraction for foreign and domestic tourists but the native of the area also throng it in the evening to get rid from the monotonous routine life especially on weekends.
Walking through the street which offers delicious, traditional cuisine, a large market of souvenirs, daily use items, cultural heritage of the region and melodious live music for the visitors till late at night, the visitors enjoy every kind of entertainments and leave the road with unforgettable memories and with a wish to get a chance in future to come again at least once.
The inhabitants of Beichuan, located in an ethnically diverse mountainous region of Sichuan, faced a major challenge in 2008 when a worst earthquake hit the area which the magnitude of 8.0 on international Richter scale, but the country completed reconstruction of the affected area before the stipulated time and ensuring quality leaving the world astonished on this bold and courageous nation.
The reconstruction was started on February 2009 after preparing complete feasibility plan for the reconstruction work and the time period for the reconstruction work was three years but the work was completed with such a fast phase that the work was completed in two years only with the help of 17 cities who offered their voluntary assistance for the affected area.
The newly constructed city where the flood affectees were shifted named ‘Yongchang’ is equipped with every facility including hospital, community building, schools, library, museum and sports complex etc.
Beside the river civilization of Yangtze river, another remarkable and appreciable advancement of the neighboring country is construction of Three Gorges Dam, one of the biggest dam of the continent which not only a source of water conservation but the competent designers have constructed the dam without interrupting the transportation of ships passing through it besides ensuring environmental protection.
The total cost of the project was 180 billion Yuan, against the estimated cost of 200 billion Yuan due to efficiency, high pace of work and accuracy of the dedicated team. More than 30,000 labourers took part in the construction of the huge dam. The dam facilitates partially fulfills the energy requirements of 11 provinces with the dimension of 1000 cubic feet of the dam.
The dam was designed to control floods, generating power resources and improved navigation components. The dam also helped to control major damages in 2010 when third biggest flood hit the area as in past these floods claimed huge life and land losses and history shows that at least a major flood hit the area in every 10 years.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Pak-China Common Civilization – strengthening ties for unity

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