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CPEC a result of China’s Reform and Opening-Up policy

BEIJING: Pakistan is among the top countries taking benefit from China’s reforms and opening-up policy that is meant to benefit the world at large, promoting President Xi Jinping’s vision of shared destiny.

According to a Chinese media outlet, the Belt and Road’s initiative and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the result of this policy that has changed the global economic landscape and value chain, and this may be just “the beginning of an unfolding historic trajectory” as China vows to further open up its economy.

The Chinese Ambassador in Islamabad Yao Jing said here recently while addressing China’s 69th Anniversary of the Founding that reform and opening up has been an unprecedented success, combining correct policies and relentless hard work.

The policy has unleashed the incredible market potential in China and enabled its transformation into a critical global manufacturing base and a large consumer market for other economies.

2018 is the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, and it is also a crucial year for securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and for continuing to implement the 13th Five-Year Plan.

Under the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (CPC) of China with Xi Jinping at the core, and with the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, they are integrating personal and family dreams into national dreams, striving to realise the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and contributing more wisdom and strength to safeguarding world peace and development.

The development of China provides opportunities for the world and the region. As President Xi Jinping said, “a prosperous and stable world provides China with opportunities, and China’s development also offers an opportunity for the world as a whole. Whether we will succeed in our pursuit of peaceful development to a large extent hinges on whether we can turn opportunities in the rest of the world into China’s opportunities and China’s opportunities into those for the rest of the world.”

For achieving this goal, China adheres to the principles of peaceful development, cooperation for a win-win outcome.

This year, China successfully hosted the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit. In this November, China also hosted the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

The five major events hosted by China show China’s new prospects of deepened reform and expanded opening-up, reiterate the concepts of mutual trust and benefit, equal-footed consultation, respect for diversity of civilizations and pursuit of common development, jointly advancing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to realise its high-quality development.

These prospects, concepts and actions of China’s diplomacy have been broadly welcomed and supported by countries around the world.

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Donations underway in China for the families of martyred policemen of the Chinese Consulate attack

The relations between both the countries are not only between the governments level, but it is people to people friendship which has developed over the years.

The response from people of China  on terrorist attack on Chinese consulate   was some of the best  examples  of  true friendship.

While Pakistani policemen laid down their lives to save Chinese staff members at the Karachi consulate, the people of China were not oblivious to the sacrifices and the losses incurred  by their Pakistani friends.

As soon as the terrorist attack was over, the government confirmed that two policemen and a security guard lost their lives in the line of duty, while all 21 members of the Staff at the Chinese consulate were  safe and sound, people in China took to social media platforms to thank the government and security agencies of Pakistan for their swift response that saved lives of their countrymen.

Their reaction was not confined to paying homage to the martyrs only and they went on to  make appeals for donations for the Pakistani men martyred in the attack.

Lijian Zhao, a senior Chinese diplomat in Islamabad, on Saturday took to Twitter and shared the screenshots of activities on Chinese social media which he said showed appeals for donations.

He also posted the pictures of the two policemen who lost their lives.

“China & Pakistan are iron brothers. This is a people to people friendship. Besides awards from govts, Chinese people volunteered to make donations for families of 2 Sindh policemen & 1 security guard who sacrificed lives for protection of Chinese Consulate General in Karachi.” he said in his Twitter post.

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Enemies trying to hamper the progress of CPEC: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Friday said that some anti-Pakistan forces wanted to sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and vowed that perpetrators of Chinese Consulate attack in Karachi would be brought to justice.

Talking to a private television channel, he said the Chinese government had appreciated the timely action of Karachi police and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families of martyred police.

To a question, the foreign minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted to attend the National Assembly sessions but the opposition behavior in the House had been very aggressive.

Qureshi said the Opposition instead of Shahbaz Shaif should nominate someone else for Chairmanship of Public Accounts Committee. He said the Prime Minister would not compromise with corrupt people and added that the Prime Minster would take the nation into confidence on November 29.

He said the tense atmosphere created by the Opposition in the Parliament was in nobody’s interest. He said that it was a long desire of the Opposition to dislodge the PTI government, but added that the treasury benches should have patience.

He said the government had no objection over a Charter of Economy as it wanted to have consensus on it and resolve economic problems of the country. He added that the government wanted to bring a long-term policy for economic turnaround of the country.

Terming the Prime Minster’s visit to China very encouraging and successful, the foreign minster said, the Chinese leadership had given a clear message to Pakistani leadership during this visit.

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Minister for Planning condemns attack on Chinese Consulate

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar Friday condemned attack outside Chinese Consulate in Karachi and termed it a conspiracy against China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said such cowardice act cannot sabotage Pak-China relations and progress of CPEC projects.

“This act by detractors fueled by malafide intentions will rather further strengthen our resolve to broaden the scope of cooperation under CPEC,” he said and added that all out efforts would be made to ensure security of Chinese friends who are actively engaged in development of Pakistan.

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Pakistan-China friendship higher than Himalayas, attack on Chinese consulate a bid to sabotage CPEC: PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday saw terrorist attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi an attempt to sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

According to state TV, The prime minister expressed resolved to bring the criminal minds behind the attack to justice.

“China  and Pakistan share a friendship higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the deepest seas,” he was quoted as saying by PTV.

The attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi’s Clifton area left three terrorists dead and two policemen martyred earlier in the day.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the National Assembly that all Chinese staff members remained safe in the attack.

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Romania exploring the prospects of CPEC

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Romanian Ambassador to Pakistan Nicolae GOIA has said that his Country is the fastest growing economy in Europe and there is a great potential for improving Pakistan-Romania bilateral trade.

In his address at a Conference on “Pakistan-Romania Friendship and Centennial Celebrations of Romania” organized by the Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) in collaboration with the Romanian Embassy in Islamabad on Thursday to celebrate the 100 years of unity of Romania, Nicolae GOIA said that Pakistan and Romania have been enjoying historical friendship and traditional cooperation in many fields for the past many years but there is a need to enhance trade volume between both Countries.

The ambassador said that the economic and trade relations between Pakistan and Romania have been growing for the last decades and Pakistan is an important trading partner of Romania.

“Our main priority is to increase and diversify the commercial exchanges between Romania and Pakistan, in a balanced manner for exports and imports,” he said.

The Romanian ambassador said that besides the bilateral cooperation through mutual investments, we are also interested to find options of working together on the third markets where, Romania and Pakistan might conjugate their resources and energies in the most constructive way.

Nicolae GOIA said that Romania and Pakistan do have common areas of interest both geographically and thematically. He said that the common interest of developing sectors as IT and communications, civil constructions and infrastructure, agriculture etc.

Earlier in his Opening Remarks at the Conference, the President CGSS Major General (retd) Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery said that both Pakistan and Romania are looking to expand economic cooperation as well as to enhance their import and export ties.

Major General (retd) Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery said that both the Countries have agreed to expand their bilateral defense cooperation, and currently they have different agreements in defense production and relevant areas.

The president CGSS said that the participation of Romania in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can also bring Pakistan and Romania close together by creating business and trade opportunities.

Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery said that Romania is exploring the prospects of benefitting from the CPEC project. He said that Pakistan needs to project CPEC by inviting Romanian companies to invest and participate in the CPEC.

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Five new berths to be added to Gwadar deep sea-port

BEIJING: The Gwadar deep-sea port development will gain further momentum as work on its expansion plan is set to start from January, director general, Planning and Development, Gwadar Port Authority, Munir Ahmed Jan said on Tuesday.

Under the expansion plan, five new berths would be added to the existing three berths for handling bigger ships, he said while talking to APP.

Munir, who recently visited the Chinese capital to attend the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Media Forum, said the first phase of the port, an important component of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, has already been completed.

“Now, we have entered the second phase, which will ensure 16 meters depth to facilitate bigger ships,” he said.

The existing port has three 14-meter deep berths to handle ships and is the deepest port in Pakistan. In future, the depth of the port would be increased to 20 meters, making it the port deepest in the region, he added.

Development and expansion of the port have been leased to China for 40 years. “The pilot phase of the free economic zone has already been completed.”

In the initial stage of the project, $48 million were invested by five Chinese and three Pakistani companies. “The main coverage area of the free economic zone will be 923 acres, and work on it is likely to start in the next phase.”

About Eastern Bay Express, he said the work started in October this year and would be completed in 30 months. “It will be an express access way linking the Gwadar Port to the Coastal Highway,” he added.

The development work of the port is ahead of the timeline as far as the construction of different projects of the port is concerned.

The Gwadar Port development and allied facilities would generate employment opportunities for locals after resolving power and water issues.

The work on Pakistan China Vocational and Technical Institution would start soon to meet the demand of the skilled workers for the port and free zone.

The land has been acquired for the purpose, while the design and feasibility study have also been completed.

The construction work was expected to begin by the end of this year, the port DG informed.

He said Gwadar port master plan would be launched in December, as it has been completed.

The DG was confident that it would enhance business and trade activities.

Munir Jan said at the micro level, Gwadar was witnessing a number of activities. A lot of local and foreign visitors come and stay here.

“The national flag carrier, PIA has a daily flight and hotels have 100 percent room occupancy and are running a good business.”

About the new Gwadar airport construction, he said it would be completed with the Chinese grant. All the initial work including design and the feasibility study has already been finalised and the groundbreaking was likely to be performed in January, he added.

One of the largest planes, A-380 could land at the airport which would be completed in 36 months.

This year, two important events, including an expo and Asian Parliament Association Assembly were organised in the Convention Centre to seek further investment.

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The Lanzhou to Islamabad road and rail service completes its first journey

Kerry Logistics has launched its first rail and road multimodal freight service from Lanzhou, China to Islamabad, Pakistan, reinforcing South Asia’s overland transportation network.

The service, which is operated by Kerry Logistics’ member company Lanzhou Pacific Logistics Corporation Limited (LPL), is also expected to deepen trade cooperation along the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

It is Kerry Logistics’ second international freight route between Lanzhou and South Asia, following the launch of a freight train service from Lanzhou to Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Lanzhou to Islamabad service began operating on October 23, 2018, with a block train departing from Lanzhou and travelling 3,300 kilometres to the Kashgar Comprehensive Bonded Zone in Xinjiang.

Once the train arrived, goods were loaded onto trucks and transported 1,200 kilometres to Islamabad.

The journey was completed in just 13 days which, according to a statement from Kerry Logistics, is 15 days less than the conventional ocean-road journey would take.

Edwardo Erni, Managing Director of China and North Asia for Kerry Logistics, said: “As we continue to expand our capabilities and implement our development blueprint of capturing the opportunities along the Belt and Road trade route, we are thrilled to launch this new service that offers a significantly time-saving option to our customers.

“Following the establishment of a new subsidiary in Pakistan in July 2018, this new service will help to better equip us to capitalise on the increasing trade activities between China and Pakistan facilitated by the CPEC.”

The new multimodal freight solution between Lanzhou and Islamabad is set to become a regular service in 2019.

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Pakistan-China cultural cooperation increasing under CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Chinese national music concert, “Music on Spring” was organised by Embassy of Peoples Republic of China in collaboration with China Cultural Centre in Pakistan, Network of International Cultural Link Entities and Jinan Opera and Dance Drama Theatre. Several Chinese musicians performed at the event and enthralled audiences. The concert was held at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). While speaking at the occasion, Embassy of China Cultural Counselor You Yi thanked PNCA for extending cooperation. He said that the cultural troupe visit to Pakistan showed strong bilateral relations in the field of art and culture, people to people contact and education sectors. He said that in process of building One Belt and One Road project and specifically China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Pakistan and China were going to further strengthen their relations in the field of culture.

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Mushahid says Pakistan & China to jointly counter all challenges to CPEC – 4th CPEC Media Forum

Mushahid says Pakistan & China to jointly counter all challenges to CPEC, 4th CPEC Media Forum calls for ‘Rapid Response System’ to counter fake news
Beijing, November 17: The China Economic Net (CEN) and the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI), in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, jointly organized the 4th CPEC Media Forum, which concluded today in Beijing . The purpose of the forum was to disseminate factual information on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and also to devise a joint Pakistan-China strategy to counter negative perceptions that are generated by vested interests and detractors in the region. A 12-member delegation took part in the event, led by Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman PCI and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khalid gave his opening remarks, where he talked about the stance of the new government on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), after the conclusion of the Prime Minister’s visit to China. “During the visit of the Prime Minister to China, there are four very important achievements. Both countries have expressed satisfaction with progress of CPEC, both sides are committed to agree to complete the ongoing projects of CPEC, as well as create employment, enhance people’s welfare and promote industrial development. The two sides also agreed to promote the construction of CPEC in the future by taking it to the next phase which will be decided at the upcoming meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of CPEC in Beijing next month, and both sides also agreed to create a social economic development working group apart from a political working group through the two Foreign Ministries.” The Ambassador also emphasized the role of media in disseminating accurate information on CPEC and said that there should be more media interaction between the two countries. “We need to guard BRI and CPEC against the growing negativity of its detractors.”
Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman of PCI and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, talking about China’s peaceful rise, said that there is a shift in the global economic and political power from the West to the East, and China’s peaceful rise and amazing development is an important inspiration for developing countries. the BRI has now spawned a “Greater South Asia comprising South Asia, Central Asia, China, Iran and Afghanistan driven by economy and energy”. The One Belt, One Road is opening the door to a new world with CPEC as its success story since it is the flagship & pilot  project of the BRI. Gwadar Port, centrepiece of CPEC, is now a very active functional port and it is opening up the entire region, not just Pakistan.” He also lauded CPEC’s role, as an ‘irreversible, mutually beneficial strategic project which has national consensus’ in Pakistan’s economic growth rate, saying the highest 5.8% growth rate in a decade is attributable to CPEC, plus the Western route has connected Quetta to Gwadar with an 8-hour road journey. Pakistan’s chronic energy crisis has been controlled, with an additional nearly 10,000 megawatts of electricity since launch of CPEC, and in Thar, coal is being mined and turned into electricity. Citing the importance of media, the Senator said, “Today, we are seeking to establish a rapid response information mechanism through collaboration between Pakistan-China Institute & China Economic Net, which both have the most popular website on CPEC & BRI’. Former Information Minister Senator Pervez Rashid urged the need to counter terrorism and extremism to create a conducive environment for promotion of CPEC. Dr Shezra Mansab Ali Kharal, ex-MNA, spoke about role of women in CPEC, including employment & empowerment of women in Thar where women work as truck drivers.
After the speeches in the opening session, an award ceremony was held titled “CPEC Communication Golden Anchor Awards,” judged by a jury from both Pakistan and China, where winners were presented the awards by Ambassador Masood Khalid for best reporting on CPEC, both in Pakistan & China.
PCI also announced the Rapid Response Information-Exchange Network (RRIN), in collaboration with CEN, using a 3 Cs approach: counter negativity, compare Chinese assistance and CPEC with others since on CPEC there are no political strings attached, and connect the Pakistani & Chinese media, which will use the increased role of media  in disseminating facts and accurate, updated information on CPEC.
Addressing the session on “The Way Forward”, Mustafa Hyder Sayed, Executive Director, Pakistan-China Institute, termed the CPEC Media Forum as a ‘shining example of Pakistan-China Media Cooperation’.
The event concluded with sessions on “CPEC and Pakistan-China Media Cooperation”, “Strengthening Information Exchange between China and Pakistan Media” and “Facts-Based Construction of Narratives on BRI and CPEC”, where media persons from both Pakistan and China gave their input on increasing media collaboration between the two countries.
The event had representation of senior journalists from print, electronic and digital media the top media outlets, government and Communist Party of China officials, parliamentarians, academia and students.
[11:39, 11/17/2018] Sharyar PCI: Summary: The Embassy of China in Islamabad hosted the 4th CPEC Media Forum, organized by PCI in collaboration with China Economic Net. At the end of the forum, PCI announced a “Rapid Response System” to counter fake news propogating against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Forum, held in Beijing, also served the purpose of disseminating factual information on CPEC, and countering any negative misperceptions propogating in the media. Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman PCI and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee lauded CPEC’s role as an “irreversible” and mutually beneficial strategic project, which had a major role to play in achieving a growth rate of 5.8%. The event has representation from media journalists, both print and digital, along with Communist Party of China officials.

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