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April 16, 2012

Pakistan-China projects worth $14bn in pipeline: envoy


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan Sunday said Pakistan and China would execute 36 projects worth $14 billion during next five years under bilateral Five Year Development Programme for Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Pak-China Business Forum, he said the first five year programme has been completed and the second is about to start this year that would be run by a ministerial level Joint Economic Commission and Economic Cooperation Group.

The four-day event was held here by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in collaboration with Xuzhou Normal University China.

He said the Joint Energy Working Group, established last year, will oversee development and implementation of hydro, thermal, geo-thermal, coal-fired, solar, wind, biomass, and civil nuclear power projects.

The ambassador said the CIIT was the pioneer institution in Pakistan creating an interface between academia, businesses and government to promote Pakistan-China economic relations.

For a better understanding among people from both countries, the ambassador suggested establishment of Pakistan-China centers in all key Pakistani universities.

“Some have already moved in that direction. In China, Pakistan Study Centers are housed in four prestigious universities including Peking, Tsinghua, Sichuan, and Fudan,” Masood Khan said.

He said there is a strong aspiration between both the countries for exchange of youth as hundreds of young students and professionals were exchanging visits “but the figure should move into thousands and then into millions.”

“Establishment of a Pakistan-China Young Entrepreneurs Forum will be a good initiative in this context,” he suggested.

The ambassador said Pakistan’s business ties with China would be as robust as strategic partnership.

But, he said the relationship of two countries will continue to flourish with full vigour if we ensure fusion of all the three pillars of our relations – strategic, economic and people to people exchanges.

He said platforms like Pak-China Business Forums prove to be beneficial for the businessmen who seek guidance as how to do business with China and vise-versa.

He said Pakistan provides the best protection for Chinese workers and businesses and the country would not lower its guard.

“In five years time, we will see a different world. Pakistani nation will overcome its current difficulties, realize its full economic potential and emerge as a regional business hub,” he hoped.

Khan stressed for collaboration between academia and industry as the universities provide the best nursery to the industrial sector.

He said with the passage of time, the leading entities have developed common platforms to enhance linkage with each other.

“But we should try to look even better. Here comes the role of educational institutes to help exploit maximum possible potential between the two countries,” said Pakistan’s ambassador to China.

The ambassador said Shanghai Cooperation Organization was fostering connectivity among the East, Central and South Asian neighborhoods and Pakistan, being an observer, hopes to be its member soon.

He said last year, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has opened branches in Islamabad and Karachi.

Moreover, in December 2011, the central banks of China and Pakistan have reached an agreement for currency swap to enable traders of Pakistan and China to use Pakistani Rupee and Chinese Renminbi for transactions and settlements.

“Both these steps would stimulate further growth in Pak-China trade ties,” Masood Khan added. (APP)

April 15, 2012

Beijing to host first ever China-Pakistan Young Scientists Forum on energy

BEIJING, Apr 15 (APP): A group of young scientists from Pakistan is arriving here Monday to take part in the first-ever China-Pakistan Young Scientists Forum, focused on energy. Prominent among them who will address the opening ceremony are leaders of the China People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), and the diplomats from Pakistan Embassy.

April 14, 2012

Pakistan lauds Chinese army assistance for search of Siachen avalanche victim

BEIJING, April 14 (APP):
Pakistan Saturday lauded the Chinese armed forces for sending technical devices to the Pakistani army after a request for help in searching for bodies trapped by an avalanche.We are touched. We are moved by this gesture of PLA and Chinese nation, said Ambassador Masood Khan.He pointed out that it reminds us how effectively PLA carried out relief and rescue missions after floods.Relations are about standing by each other in difficult moments,Khan noted.Earlier, a statement released by the Chinese Defense Ministry on Saturday said the Chinese People’s Liberation Army also sent specialists to Islamabad. The specialists help to offer technical guidance, reports Xinhua news.The avalanche, which hit a camp of the Pakistan army on April 7 in Siachen, buried 139 Pakistani soldiers and civilians.

August 25, 2011

President Zardari to visit China on August 30

President Zardari

President Asif Ali Zardari will visit China from August 30 to September 1, to participate in the China-Eurasia Expo being held in Urumqi. Giving details of the visit of President Zardari to China, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua Thursday said, the President will meet Chinese Vice Premier Li Kequang at Urumqi during his stay there. President Zardari will also meet leaders of Chinese corporate sector in Urumqi, she added. The spokesperson said, ”The visit of President Zardari to China aims at strengthening business to business linkages between the two countries and Pakistani and Eurasian business.” A Pakistani pavilion is being set up at the Expo and President Zardari will also visit the pavilion.


Source: The Nation

August 25, 2011

Pakistan calls for ‘robust’ anti-terror ties with China

Pakistan calls for 'robust' anti-terror ties

The Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar delivers a speech on Pakistan-China relations at the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing, August 24, 2011.[Photo/]

BEIJING – Pakistan seeks a more robust cooperation with China in counter-terrorism and intelligence, the Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said during an address on Wednesday at the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing.

Khar said security issues brought Islamabad and Beijing closer. “We respond to that (issue) by increasing our cooperation in counter-terrorism, increasing our intelligence cooperation,” she added.

“Pakistan and China are already cooperating in counter-terrorism,” said Khar, before adding “We need to make this even more robust.”

The Pakistan-China relations are unique, she said. “Pakistan and China have commonality of interests.”

China and Pakistan conducted a weeklong anti-terror exercise last July. This year is the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan, as well as the Year of China-Pakistan Friendship.

Friendship between China and Pakistan has withstood the pressures of time, and especially has adapted to the changing global and regional environment, said Khar.

Khar also hailed the economic cooperation with China in the address. China and Pakistan signed the Free Trade Agreement in 2006. The bilateral trade volume reached $8.6 billion in 2010, up 27.7% from 2009, according to statistics from China Customs.

The Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, during a talk with Khar on Wednesday, described the China-Pakistan relationship as a “high-quality strategic cooperative partnership” and an all-weather friendship.

China is willing to take the opportunities to work with Pakistan in elevating the two countries’ strategic cooperative partnership, Yang stated.

Hina Rabbani Khar, the first female Pakistani foreign minister and also the youngest at 34 years old, made her first visit to China from August 23-24 since assuming office last month.

China Daily