Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

Efficiency of Chinese rescue team praised in Pakistan

Beijing – With a loud roar and blowing dust, a Pakistani military helicopter landed near an infirmary in Kunrui in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Before getting off the helicopter, the reporter already saw a Five-Starred Red Flag: The helicopter had arrived at the Mobile Tent Hospital of the Medical and Rescue Team of the People’s Liberation Army.
It took about two hours for the helicopter to make the 320-kilometer trip east from Karachi to it Kunrui. Because of the damaged road, the Chinese medical team spent seven hours traveling on the road to reach Kunrui on Oct. 21.
Liu Minghua, the Health Service Commander of the rescue team, told the reporter that the team started working in the afternoon of Oct. 22, and by Oct. 25, it had treated more than 500 patients. Casal, a Pakistani colonel in charge of the rescue work at the local place, said that the efficiency of the Chinese medical team was amazing and the team already started treating the people before the supplies and equipment fully arrived.
The Mobile Tent Hospital was set on a broad high ground, with scattered thorns and grasses growing on the sand dunes around it. Because of the dry whether, blisters could be seen on the lips of many team members. The Chinese military attaché in Pakistan Major General Wang Jiliang exhorted them that they must also take care of themselves while helping the disaster-stricken people.
Zhang Yu was a veteran doctor of the Respiratory Department of the hospital. When he was going to the camp after finishing his work, a young doctor from the Registration Office Ji Shanhe suddenly came to him and told him to see a critically injured patient who was just sent in.
Upon entering the room, Zhang found a women aged more than 50 years huddling under a bed with her head cradled in her hands. She obviously had great difficulty in breathing, with her heart beating 120 times a minute, so Zhang immediately asked a nurse to fetch medicine.
"Breathe in the mist first, and then hold your breath for 10 seconds," interpreter Xiao Chen told a Pakistani solider, who then told the woman in Sindhi. After the emergency treatment, the woman sat up and kept saying that she felt much better. Zhang then prescribed some medicine for her and told her to come back the next day for a follow-up exam.
At present, the Chinese medical team is the only medical team in the country’s flood-stricken area. A Pakistani medical officer said that the medicine and equipment left by the Chinese medical team last year have played a great role again during this year’s flood relief. The Pakistani military took advantage of these resources and built a series of medical stations in the Badin District in September.
In order to ensure the safety of Chinese medical team members, the Pakistani military have arranged for them to live in an army camp 40 kilometers away, and it takes the team members more than three hours to travel to and from the hospital every day under the escort of military vehicles.
A military officer said, "We see the medical team members as our brothers and sisters, and must ensure their absolute safety." A Chinese medical team member told reporters, "I hope to live in the tent hospital, so I could have more time to treat patients." More than 50 members of the medical team have been sleeping on the floor these days because all camp beds have been used as hospital beds.

Efficiency of Chinese rescue team praised in Pakistan – People’s Daily Online

October 30, 2011

New Delhi alarmed by Sino-Pak strategic relationship

Ashraf Javed.

As relations between Washington and Islamabad continue to slide down from bad to worse followed by a spat of suggestions, warnings and ultimatums by the high-ranking US officials, the supportive statements by China in favour of Pakistan’s sovereignty gave some respite to the current dispensation in this country.

If one were to read between the lines, what the Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Meng Jianzhou, during his recent visit to Islamabad, had meant was that his country would not allow the US to pressurise Islamabad to undertake Army operation against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan.

Unfortunately, Pakistan’s all-weather and time-tested ties with China are being systematically attacked to the point that Pakistan may no longer falls back on Beijing’s support in case of any eventuality.

Some of the developments which need examination are as under: The first place of target was Xinjiang (Sinkiang) province of the People’s Republic of China that borders Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

China developed Xinjiang as a hub of economic activities in the region.

There are two main ethnic groups in the region: Uighurs, who are Muslims and Han is Chinese.

The Uighurs are the majority in southwestern Xinjiang, including the prefectures of Kashgar, Khotan, Kizilsu, and Aksu (about 80 per cent of Xinjiang’s Uighurs live in those four prefectures).

Han Chinese are the majority in eastern and northern Xinjiang (Dzungaria), including the cities of Urumqi, Karamay, and Shihezi. The violent incidents in Xinjiang are homegrown and related to Uighur grievances against Han Chinese.

The July 30-31 coordinated Kashgar attacks on pedestrians at dining areas frequented by Han Chinese, were trickily associated with Pakistani-trained Uighur terrorists from the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

However, one way to assess violent incidents in Xinjiang is to look at the method of attack, the timing, the attackers identities, and whether any group claimed responsibility.

Pakistan-China friendship is seen by India as a source of threat to its hegemonic intentions ,therefore, they leave no opportunity in creating a wedge between the two neighbouring countries.

The rioters in Kashgar and Hotan were intentionally linked to Pakistan. While analyzing the visit of Chinese Deputy Premier to Pakistan, some Indian TV anchors commented that the visit was to warn Islamabad over the terrorists being trained in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas.

Such negative opinion is totally uncalled for and not based on facts.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has vowed to attack and pursue Uighur militants who operate in China’s Western province of Xinjiang and are supported by al Qaeda elements in Afghanistan.

Second, India is sensationalising a trivial issue involving Chinese assistance to Pakistan in upgradation and expansion of Karakoram Highway (KKH).

The Karakoram Highway is the lifeline that connects Gilgit-Baltistan from Kashgar, a city in the Xingjiang region of China, to Abbotabad. An extension of the highway south west from Abbottabad, in the form of N-35, meets the Grand Trunk Road, N-5 at Hassanabdal Pakistan that would finally link to the southern port of Gwadar in Balochistan through Gwadar-Dalbandin Railway.

Chinese engineers and builders are in Gilgit-Baltistan region to help repair the Karakoram corridor which has been severely damaged by the earthquakes, floods and landslides. Actually, the KKH trade route agreement has alarmed many powerful economies.

The US viewed the highway project as alarming because Washington does not like Chinese working on developments in Pakistan. India considered it as a dangerous development for its security. The Kashgar-Gwadar trade route affected the trade and economic interest of neighboring states of the region. Therefore, the theme of Chinese troops presence in GB has been blown out of proportion so as to deny Chinese access to Karakoram corridor.

Indian strategists consider that infrastructural improvements of the ‘Karakoram Corridor’ heralds a new phase of China flexing its muscles not only against India but more significantly against US in the wider global context.

India’s propaganda regarding ceding of the Gilgit-Baltistan Region to China is a devious ploy to politically implant US against Pakistan that it is no longer a frontline state of US strategy. All this is aimed at undermining the strategic relationship between the two countries.

China and Pakistan have achieved fruitful results in military and defence cooperation. Through joint efforts, the two countries have successfully developed hi-tech military equipment such as K-8 jet trainers, type 2000 main battle tanks and the Xiaolong fighter jet. In May 2011, China agreed to provide 50 new JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter planes to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) with the possibility of J-20 Stealth and Xiaolong multi-purpose light fighter aircraft in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, the two navies and land forces have respectively launched maritime and anti-terrorism joint military manoeuvers.

During the past 55 years, trade between the two countries has continued to increase. Since 2000, bilateral trade has risen rapidly, with the volume exceeding $4.2 billion last year, setting a new record.

In the near future, more Pakistanis will master the Chinese language and become China experts. When an earthquake hit the northern part of Pakistan in 2005, China contributed $20.5 million for earthquake relief.

The leadership, governments and people of the two countries are determined to further reinforce bonds of friendship and close cooperation.

They are both interested in promoting peace and stability of the region and the world.

New Delhi alarmed by Sino-Pak strategic relationship | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

October 29, 2011

Pakistan moving closer to China: report

Pakistan is moving closer to China amid India-US deepening relations and growing tensions between Washington and Islamabad, an American newspaper quoted a Congressional report as saying.

The latest report on Pakistan by the independent Congressional Research Service said that Islamabad was becoming more reliant than ever on its friendship with China as US-India ties deepen”.

Deteriorating relations between the US and Pakistan in the wake of Osama Operation have increased Islamabad’s reliance on China as a key international ally.”

The report said that that Pakistani leaders had become notably effusive in their expressions of closeness with China in 2011..

It said that China, during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s visit in May, urged the West to “must respect” Pakistan’s sovereignty .

China also agreed to expedite delivery to Pakistan of 50 JF-17 fighter jets equipped with upgraded avionics. Islamabad is also negotiating with Beijing for the purchase of six new submarines for as much as USD 3 billion in what would be the largest-ever bilateral defence purchase.

According to the report there were some concerns in Congress that wreckage from a previously unseen “stealth” helicopter used by US Special Forces in the Osama bin Laden raid would be examined by Chinese officials, potentially providing them with valuable intelligence on secret US military technology.

Deepening of US-India relationship, Pakistan moving closer to China: report | The News Tribe

October 28, 2011

Pakistan and China to build missile carrier craft

Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) will build a Fast Attack Craft (FAC) for Pakistan Navy in collaboration with the Chinese company ‘China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company (CSOC) (Pvt) Limited.

"We hope to complete the project of the ‘Attack Craft’ with missile carrier by April next year," said Chief of Staff, Pakistan Navy Vice Admiral Tayyab Ali Dogar, while addressing the ceremony on the occasion here on Friday.

"It is historic occasion for the country and Pakistan Navy for collaboration with the Chinese brothers on this project," he maintained.

He said that the project of missile carrier craft will further improve the defence capabilities of Pakistan in collaboration with the Chinese experts and boost the strength of Pakistan Navy.

Speaking on the occasion, the Managing Director, KSEW, Rear Admiral Hasan Nasir Hussain Shah, praised the services of the engineering sector of KSEW which would complete the project 3-weeks in advance of the scheduled time.

"The craft will have maximum speed of 30 knots propelled by 4- diesel engines" Shah said.

The craft boat will be equipped with latest weapons and sensors, he maintained.

The MD KSEW said that the yard successfully constructed a number of warships including missile crafts, tugs and fabricated many of the utility ships.

"We are capable enough to meet all shipbuilding requirements of the maritime sector," he added.

KSEW to build missile carrier craft for PN: Admiral Tayyab

October 28, 2011

Pakistanis apologize to Chinese over Minister’s behaviour

Recently a Pakistani minister named Firdaus Aashiq Awan made a Chinese delegation wait for over 1 hour for a meeting. We, the ordinary Pakistanis, apologize to our Chinese brethren on this irresponsible behaviour of the minister.

October 28, 2011

China to invest in coal sector of Pakistan

Sino Resources Group Limited China showed interest in coal processing of removing moisture to turn it into high version coal, which is highly efficient in upgrading the commercial value of lignite.
The company also gave detailed presentation of the most advanced coiled tubing, drilling and nitrogen stimulation technologies. A six member delegation of Sino Group, Shaanxi Dingbian Lide Oil well technology Service Limited and China Cultural Heritage Foundation, led by Jane Geng, Chairman called on Zia Uddin, Executive Director General of Board of Investment (BOI).
The China Cultural Heritage Foundation members were interested to open up super stores in Islamabad for the availability of Chinese products in Pakistan.
This store will promote the Chinese products and culture in Pakistan to create a cultural bonding between the two countries.
In this regard, the delegation will meet the competent authority of Capital Development Authority for the allocation of the site and other acquisitions for the super stores.
Zia Uddin appreciated the efforts being made by the company for their investment plans and briefed that in order to attract investment in Thar, a comprehensive incentive package has been developed with consultation from all stakeholders, which included 20 percent IRR to firms, 30 years exemption on corporate tax, all custom duties on import of coal mining projects allowed at zero percent to reduce the initial capital investment, exemption on withholding tax to shareholder etc to reduce the initial capital investment.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – China to invest in coal sector of Pakistan

October 28, 2011

Five-day festival reflects Pakistan-China ties

Pak-China friendship is deeper than the oceans higher than the Himalayas and sweeter than the honey. A close neighbour can be more helpful than a distant relative. We all know that Pakistan and China have maintained an everlasting friendship in which both the countries have supported each other in every front, weather it is economic, defence, international affairs and culture. Weather the Karakorum Highway linking the two countries can be taken as the symbol of Pak-China friendship in the 20th century, the Gawadar port under construction in Balochistan province will be another mega-project symbolising the two countries friendship in the 21st century. They decided to make the year 2011 the year of friendship and a to mark the friendship between both the countries they have built a beautiful piece of architecture in the heart of Islamabad and named it Pak-China friendship centre, which has state of the art facilities in it.

A couple of days back, PNCAs, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and China Culture Heritage Foundation (CCHF) organised a Chinese Exhibition titled ‘Oriental Charm’ at Pak-China Friendship Centre marking the Pak-China Friendship year 2011.

The hall was well decorated for the occasion where banners were displayed in the main hall. People from all walks of life attended the inaugural program. Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian and Sajjad Kamran Addition Foreign Secretary inaugurated the 5-day cultural festival. Chairman China Cultural Heritage Foundation Madam Geng Ying was also present on the occasion. The Chief Guest on this prestigious occasion was Additional Foreign Secretary, Sajjad Kamran. Chinese Ambassador on the occasion said Art is the common language of all mankind. From these art works, you can gain much insight into Chinese people’s way of life, tastes, values, national psyche and character, as well as factors leading to China’s past glory and today’s rejuvenation. By promoting the cultural exchange between our two countries, we can know each other better, and thus build our all-weather friendship on a more solid base. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations, and also a year of friendship agreed by leaders of both countries.

It is a befitting time to pay tribute to forefathers of this legendary friendship. Souvenirs that included the details of the artists and their artwork were distributed among the guests, which gave them further insight into the Chinese culture and the contributions of renowned Chinese artists. This effort was done to enhance the cultural awareness between the countries. As this cultural awareness programs would increase the brotherhood between the two countries.

The Additional Foreign Secretary, Sajjad Kamran said on the occasion that it is an honour for him to join our Chinese friends and distinguished guests at the opening ceremony of the Chinese Cultural Exhibition, aptly named as “Oriental Lingering Charm”.

True, the oriental charm is lasting. He added that Madam Geng’s visit therefore marks an important event this year when we celebrate the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. China’s undeniable support for Pakistan in difficult times is deeply appreciated. Pakistan-China cooperation covers a number of areas of mutual interest.

An important segment of this cooperation is cultural and people to people interaction. Cultural exchanges between Pakistan and China are centuries old.

The historical Silk Road now known as Karakoram Highway binds our cultural past and the present together. He further said that the richness and variety of the Chinese culture is only too well-known.

Madam Geng Ying is a renowned artist who has played a key role in promoting the Chinese culture at home and abroad.

This exhibition will certainly provide a unique opportunity to the visitors to experience what the Chinese culture has to offer at its best.

It would also renew our cultural linkages on which we can rightly pride ourselves.

Five-day festival reflects Pak-China ties | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

October 22, 2011

Chinese firm to invest $15 bn to generate 10,000 MW by 2020

A delegation of Chinese firm on Friday called on Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House and informed him that they intended to invest up to $15 billion to generate 10,000 megawatt (MW) by 2020.
The chief minister approved grant of land of 50 acres for project of power generation on Coal at Souda – Jherruk (District Thatta), where instead of 400 MW power up to 1000 MW will be generated. It was informed that the Chinese team has done feasibility on Thar Coal. The head of the Chinese delegation Wang Shaofeng (Senior Vice-President) informed that under a master plan, their Corporation intends to spend a sum of $15 billion by 2020 on different projects including generation of power of 10,000 MW.
He added that they were keen for Thar Coal and mining project, and fully devoted to work mostly in Sindh province, and particularly in improvement of area under Thar Coal field. Wang said that their Corporation intended to initiate two hydel power projects with generation of 2000 MW, generate 200 MW on Solar Energy and generation of 2000 MW by wind power out of which 1000 MW power will be generated in Sindh province, while the remaining 1000 MW will be generated in other parts of Pakistan.
The CM informed the delegation of China Three Gorges International Corporation that the Sindh government will provide all incentives for development and progress of Thar Coal and energy project so as to achieve the target of power generation on coal.
He said that the basic infrastructure had been provided in Thar while other major facilities like roads, electricity, water supply, rest houses and airport etc were being initiated and completed early. He stressed upon the Chinese corporation to go ahead and assured his full support for their programme.
The meeting was attended among others by Chief Secretary Sindh, Raja Muhammad Abbas; Chairman, Board of Investment Sindh, Zubair Motiwala; Secretary, Board of Investment, Younus Dagha; Secretary to CM Sindh, Alamuddin Bullo; six-member Chinese delegation and others.

Chinese firm to invest $15 bn to generate 10,000 MW by 2020

October 21, 2011

China backs Pakistan for UN Security Council seat

China has backed Pakistan in its desire to gain a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Xinhua reported.
China attaches great importance to Pakistan’s request for a seat on the UN Security Council, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Wednesday.
China supports Pakistan playing a bigger part in maintaining international peace and security, Jiang said at a daily press briefing, noting that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners.
Pakistan had voiced its wish to get a seat on the UN Security Council at the 66th General Assembly session in September.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said the process of UN Security Council reforms "must be worked in a manner that will reinforce the confidence of the peoples of the world in this body and enhance its credibility and effectiveness."
The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members, including China, France, Russia, the US and Britain, and 10 other non-permanent members that are elected for two-year terms.

China backs Pakistan for UN Security Council seat

October 20, 2011

Bolstering Pak-China cultural relations

In a bid to foster Pak-China cultural ties, a 37-member delegation of National Defence University (NDU) China visited Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) here on Wednesday.

The Chinese representatives were invited by National Defence University (NDU) Pakistan to showcase Pakistan’s soft and enlightened image through visual and performing arts.

The delegates were taken on a tour to the National Art Gallery where paintings by some of the legendary artists including Sadequain were on display. The Chinese representatives were later shown a string of cultural performances by students of National Performing Art Division, which included a documentary titled “Taxila Odyssey”. They were particularly enthralled by the performance of late Nusrat Faret Ali Khan song “Dam Mastt Qalandar”.

NDU China Vice President Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan appreciated the work by Pakistani artists and commended the students on their remarkable performances.

He said that the art and culture of Pakistan and China have lots of similarities, which is the true reflection of the history of both the countries.

“Culture has no boundary, no border and no restriction. I wished the friendship of both the countries will be strengthened by the exchange of cultural and art performances,” he added.

PNCA Director General Tauqir Nasir said China is a time-tested friend of Pakistan. He hoped that through cultural performances and people-to-people contact, Islamabad and Beijing would come closer.

Visit: Bolstering Pak-China cultural relations – The Express Tribune