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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.

November 20, 2011

Pakistan Navy organises festive event for Chinese diplomats, citizens

Pakistan Navy organised a colourful festive event in honour of Chinese diplomats and Islamabad based Chinese citizens at the Naval Complex, to commemorate and celebrate 60 years of Pakistan – China diplomatic relations here on Saturday.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila was the host of the event. The event was unique in a way that a large number of Chinese guests along with their families participated.

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November 18, 2011

Sindh gears up for Chinese ‘winds of change’ with another MoU


Sindh is rich in natural resources and Chinese entrepreneurs should utilise these resources for the mutual benefit of both countries, said Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while talking with Orient Group of Energy Chairman Zhang Hongwei before singing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding wind energy generation in the province. According to an official handout issued on Thursday, Khuhro said Sindh has huge potential and this is the time for economic development. He said the government is taking steps to utilise these resources for the benefit of the common man. He also said Chinese companies should benefit from the opportunities offered by the Sindh government, particularly in the field of energy. He further said all kinds of energy generation resources, including hydro, solar, wind and biogas, need to be exploited so that everyone could benefit from them and improve their socio-economic condition.

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November 13, 2011

Pakistan Culture Exhibition in Beijing concludes

Pakistan Culture Exhibition concluded here in Beijing Friday, attracting a large number art and culture lovers showing keen interest in the history and culture of Pakistan.The exhibition was opened at Go Trues Art Museum on November 3 and was attended by nearly 400 guests, including party secretary of Chinese Ministry of Culture Zhang Aiping and Ambassador Masood Khan, says a message received here from Beijing.The unique items put on display at the exhibition included historical photos, showing history of the development of Sino-Pakistani relationship and outstanding pieces of Pakistan architecture and scenic spots. It also included 150 items of Pakistani artifices and handicrafts.

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November 9, 2011

PAF and Chinese pilots on Sukhoi aircraft


PAKISTAN DEFENCE NEWS BLOG: Pakistan Air Force on Sukhoi in China

November 7, 2011

China to turn 2 towns near Pakistan into financial hubs


China has worked out policies to transform two western border towns into key financial and manufacturing hubs connecting the country’s inland areas with neighbouring central and south Asian countries, particularly Kazakhstan and Pakistan, officials and experts said.
The State Council, China’s Cabinet, announced in October a plan to  set up two economic zones in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The  move is expected to bring prosperity to the relatively poor Xinjiang and shift the country’s opening-up strategy from focusing on eastern coastal regions to a more balanced approach that also emphasizes the land-locked west.

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November 3, 2011

China’s aid to Pakistan shows true friendship

Beijing – Despite difficulties, a 50-member medical team from China is working hard to help flood victims in Pakistan, who are deeply moved by the efforts of the medical team members.
Liu Minghua, head of the Chinese medical team, said they arrived on Oct. 21 in the flood-stricken Kunri town about 320 kilometers east of Karachi, one of the largest cities in Pakistan. Due to the severely flooded roadways and the urgency of their tasks, the medical team members, who did not have enough rations, had to satisfy their hunger by drinking mineral water and eating instant noodles and peanuts.
Although the flood-hit Kunri did not lose order, various diseases were still threatening the health of local residents. Upon arriving there, the medical team members quickly set up a simple tent hospital consisting of the essential departments of gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, dermatology and gastroenterology, and then devoted themselves into saving the lives of flood victims.
They have also used high-tech remote medical devices to provide emergency medical services to critically ill patients far away. So far, the Chinese medical team has treated more than 1,200 patients in Pakistan.
To respect local social and religious customs of Pakistan as a Muslim country, the medical services team has specifically included 14 female doctors. To popularize health and cultural information and eliminate the sources of infectious diseases, the team has also provided local doctors with special training and taught disaster-hit people good health habits.
Liu said that the medical services team has taken on the commitments made by China and aimed to promote China-Pakistan relations. Therefore, the medical services team has not only combated diseases in disaster-hit areas but it has also tried to eliminate the sources of diseases.
They are making efforts to postpone and prevent the spread and proliferation of diseases by offering children in disaster-hit areas health and cultural education, helping to establish basic medical services facilities and continuously increasing health awareness.

Although China’s medical services team faces tough living and working conditions and cannot adapt well to local hot and dry climate and even have no access to hot water, none of the team has ever complained.
The Chinese medical team not only treated the patients but also carried out practical things to improve the flood-stricken people’s education and cultural life. The medical team sent a special group to visit a women’s needlework school of the disaster area, gave the school milk powder as a gift, and also carried out physical examinations for the Pakistani officers, soldiers and their family members.
In order to eliminate mosquitoes and pests thoroughly, the medical team not only carried out disinfection and sterilizing activities in Pakistani military camps and the settlement sites of the flood-stricken people but also presented eight sterilizing equipment as well as the disinfectant to the Pakistani side.
One special focus of the Chinese team’s efforts is disease prevention. The team chose 12 Pakistani officers and soldiers with medical foundations and gave them disinfection and sterilizing trainings so that they could inherit the Chinese medical skills. For the kids of the flood-stricken area, the medical team also prepared some stationery, bags and toys for some school age children of the settlement sites.
The Chinese medical team’s spirit of utter devotion deeply touched the local flood-stricken people. Some Pakistani patients held the hands of the members of the team and said with tears in their eyes, "you are so nice. We hope you stay and don’t go."

China’s aid to Pakistan shows true friendship – People’s Daily Online

November 2, 2011

Senior Chinese legislator pledges continuous support for Pakistan’s efforts in safeguarding sovereignty, independence


A senior legislator on Tuesday met with a delegation of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), saying China will continue its support for Pakistan’s efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty and independence.

Ismail Tiliwaldi, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, made the remark while meeting with Imran Khan, chairman of the Tehrik-e-Insaf, a Pakistani political party.

Tiliwaldi praised the sound and stable development of bilateral relations over the past 60 years, saying that China and Pakistan are "good neighbors, friends and partners."

China highly appreciates Pakistan’s long-term support on issues concerning China’s core interests, he said, adding that China will continue to support Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and stability, as well as safeguard its own sovereignty and independence.

Khan spoke highly of bilateral relations and thanked China for its consistent support to Pakistan in international and regional affairs.

Pakistan hopes to learn from China’s development experience and boost the development of the friendship between the two countries, he added.

The delegation is visiting China at the invitation of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Senior Chinese legislator pledges continuous support for Pakistan’s efforts in safeguarding sovereignty, independence