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70 years of diplomatic relations: Pakistan, Chinese top leaders vow multilateralism, establish morality-based institutions

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ISLAMABAD – President Dr Arif Alvi Friday said that China and Pakistan stood for peace and they had the great opportunity to lead the world towards multilateralism and ensure the establishment of morality-based institutions in the future.

The president, in his address as chief guest at the Virtual Reception on 70th Anniversary of China-Pakistan Diplomatic Relations, said the vested interests instead of the morality were dominating in international affairs at diffident forums in the world, that was why the oppressed people of Kashmir and Palestine did not get any hearing.

Even, the promises made to the Kashmiri and Palestinian people were not fulfilled just because of the vested interests, he told the event also attended by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza, federal ministers, politicians and Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Nong Rong.

The virtual reception was jointly organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese Embassy in Islamabad to mark the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations established on May 21, 1951.

The president said the goals of China and Pakistan was friendship but both the countries cemented their goals for humanity.

He said at a time when environment and global warming were the issues, peace was also essential and both China and Pakistan also believed in that endeavor.

“China and Pakistan have great opportunity to lead the world, in the matter of trade towards multilateralism, towards not creating or raising walls for each other’s products as well as to establish institutions and ensure that the institutions in future are morality based which is the foundation of our relationship. The more we move forward in that direction, the more peace we will have,” the president remarked.

He thanked President Xi Jinping for the congratulatory letter to him and congratulated China on successful landing on Mars which he said proved that the country was second to none in the field of science and technology.

Referring to China’s journey towards a developed country by uplifting around 800 million people out of poverty, the president said Pakistan should also strive for and learn from it.

He said the during the seven decades, the bilateral friendship stood firm and even got stronger into strategic partnership and people to people contacts.

Calling both the countries “Iron brothers”, the president said Pakistan and China believed in a future which bound the people together and lead them to prosperity and peace.

President Alvi said China was the largest trading and investment partner of Pakistan having collaboration in the fields of agriculture, trade, finance, education, science and technology was strengthening , beside the cooperation between the two people.

He said Pakistan fully supported President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative of which CPEC was important part. From the beginning, when Pakistan needed to improve its energy supplies, establish industry not only along the route but across the country, special economic zones, CPEC was going to be a harbinger.

He highly appreciated China for “exemplary handling” of COVID-19 pandemic and recalled his China visit in March last year. He also thanked China for sending medical team and now vaccine to Pakistan and added that the Chinese assistance and advance learning helped Pakistan a lot.

He said currently, around 30,000 Pakistani students are studying in China, benefiting from China’s advanced educational system. We have established seven sister-province and fourteen sister-city relationship with China. Seven Pakistan study centers, eleven Urdu language departments in various Chinese universities, and four Confucius Institutes in Pakistan are promoting cultural understanding and further reinforcing the everlasting friendship between the two countries, he added.

The president said that Pakistan had done reasonably well to handle the pandemic comparing the regional countries but the country still needed to be careful during the third wave.

He said both the countries stood for humanity and Pakistan was learning from China as how it focused on health, education and investment to encourage people to rise on their own.

He said both countries had a vision for peace and improvement in the health and education standards and ensure food security.

He reaffirmed the commitment to build a closer Pakistan-China community of shared future in the new era where the people of China and Pakistan stood together in friendship leading the world towards peace and prosperity.

“It is important that this message goes out and this camaraderie spreads throughout the world,” the president concluded.

Started with the national anthems of China and Pakistan, the ceremony also featured a documentary showing the 70-year journey of bilateral ties and a special song with a mix of Chinese and Urdu lyrics sung by Singer Sahir Ali Bagga.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners that stand firmly by each other on issues of core interests and major concerns. “The mutual trust and friendship between the two countries have gone through the test of 70 -year of international changes and remain rock-solid, and have become the most valuable strategic asset of the two peoples,” he said.

Amb Nong Rong said in recent years, with the joint efforts of both sides, the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has achieved remarkable results, bringing tangible benefits to the people of both countries and adding strong impetus to the regional prosperity. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Pakistan have shared weal and woe and sincerely helped each other, and the ironclad friendship between the two countries has been further sublimated, he said.

“I attach great importance to the development of China-Pakistan relations. I am ready to work with Your Excellency to deepen strategic communication and pragmatic cooperation between the two countries, promote the high-quality development of the CPEC, and work together to build a closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the new era, for the benefit of the two countries and the two peoples,” he added.

In his address, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani said Pakistan was the first Muslim nation to recognize China and establish diplomatic ties and since then, both the countries maintained a close cooperation.

Referring to the institutional cooperation including the parliaments, the Senate chairman said construction of KKH, Heavy Industries Complex, JF-17 Thunder, multiple hydropower projects and CPEC were the fruits of the seven-decade old friendship.

He hoped that the CPEC would prove to be an example of bilateral cooperation for the world and added that the bilateral cooperation also got strengthened by the cultural exchanges and establishment of sister cities.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza said the China-Pakistan ties withstood pressure of geopolitics.

He said starting from the construction of Karakorum Highway, the bilateral cooperation had entered into many further avenues.

Reiterating Pakistan’s support for One-China Policy, the Chairman JCSC said the defence and security cooperation also played key role during last seven decades.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong said since establishment of bilateral ties, the China-Pakistan friendship remained rock solid and also became role model of state to state relations.

He recalled that President Alvi’s visit to China last year amidst COVID-19 pandemic was manifestation of the bilateral friendship, adding that the friendly and pragmatic cooperation remained fruitful during the seven decades.

Moreover, the ambassador said CPEC had become an important platform for cooperation between the two nations which had been extended to multiple areas like energy, agriculture, IT and livelihood covering all aspects of Pakistan’ development.

The ambassador also thanked Pakistan for allowing clinical trial of Chinese vaccine in the country.

 

 

 

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Xi Jinping declares China a moderately prosperous society in all respects

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BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhua) — Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, announced on Thursday that China has realized its first centenary goal — building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

The achievement marks a key milestone for the world’s most populous country on its journey toward national rejuvenation.

“This means that we have brought about a historic resolution to the problem of absolute poverty in China, and we are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects,” said Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, at a ceremony marking the CPC centenary at Tian’anmen Square.

The achieving of moderate prosperity, or Xiaokang in Chinese, is measured in consideration of multiple aspects such as the economy, democracy, science and education, culture, society and people’s lives. The requirements include doubling the country’s 2010 GDP and per capita disposable income by 2020.

Last year, the country’s GDP exceeded 100 trillion yuan (about 15.45 trillion U.S. dollars). Its per capita disposable income hit 32,189 yuan, double the level in 2010. The country has developed the world’s largest social security system and boasts the world’s biggest middle-income group — 400 million people. In a historic feat, China has eliminated absolute poverty.

Poverty relief assistants Liu Ying (1st L) and He Changle (2nd L), and village officials help carry melons planted by villagers in Dongqin Village, Congjiang County of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Nov. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Xiaokang is a phrase about well-off life first mentioned in the Book of Songs, China’s first anthology of poems dating back more than 2,000 years. An idea cherished by the Chinese people for thousands of years has become a reality in today’s China.

Late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping once used Xiaokang to describe Chinese modernization, and first proposed building a Xiaokang society. The 12th National Congress of the CPC in 1982 set the achievement of Xiaokang as a goal. Later, Xiaokang was included in the country’s three-step strategic plan for economic development.

The country realized Xiaokang on the whole at the end of the 20th century. In 2002, the CPC put forward the aim of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. The 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012 set the goal of completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020. The standards of and requirements for Xiaokang became increasingly comprehensive and strict.

The CPC stressed that no one should be left behind on the path to a Xiaokang society. In the past eight years, China focused on areas of extreme poverty, and lifted the final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents out of poverty by the end of 2020.

Over the past 40-plus years, the country has lifted 770 million people out of poverty, meeting the poverty eradication target in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule, and resolving its greatest challenge in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Li Weiyun, from Xiuyun Village of Cangxi County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, has keenly felt the changes in his village. With the development of eco-agriculture, many villagers have moved into multistory homes and purchased cars.

“Now a good life has been achieved at home,” he said. He brought in an income of 200,000 yuan this year by growing peaches.

“It is a tremendous contribution to the world that 1.4 billion people are living a Xiaokang life,” said Liu Endong, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

Such a feat has become a reality only under the leadership of the CPC, which “puts the people first, has strong execution capabilities, and upholds socialism with Chinese characteristics,” he said.

“China’s success in achieving Xiaokang has made important contributions toward the Sustainable Development Goals and provides valuable lessons for other countries in the global fight against poverty,” said Beate Trankmann, resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme in China.

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Global communication event ‘Daka China – Jinhua, A Golden Hub of BRI’ to start on June 6

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ISLAMABAD – A global communication event for the international community to better approach the cooperative spirit of the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) and the significance of East China’s Zhejiang Province to the BRI and globalisation will be held from 6th to 7th June in Jinhua, the most important node of Zhejiang stretching out towards the BRI.

The theme of the event is “Jinhua, A Global Hub of BRI”, showcasing the vital position of Jinhua to the scenario of BRI as well as Zhejiang’s active engagement in promoting globalisation and cross-cultural communication in an all-round manner.

The event will bring together nearly 100 journalists, government information officers, and social media influencers from countries along the BRI. It will be the 2nd grand event in the series of the brand new “Daka China” Global Communication Event, a flagship global communication project by Zhejiang Daily Media Convergence Technology Co., Ltd., one of China’s leading companies focusing on media convergence and digitisation.

The opening ceremony will include a series of keynote speeches delivered by social media influencers and government information officers from Jinhua City and Zhejiang Province. They will comment on the attractions of n Zhejiang, and Jinhua in particular, as well as on the future of international communication.

After the opening ceremony, all the attendees of the event will take a group tour around inside the Jinhua City and visit a few well-known scenic spots, including the Hengdian World Studios (the world’s largest film & TV base), Yiwu International Trade City (the world’s largest wholesale market). They will also experienced a few Jinhua’s authentic folk cultures such as the Wu opera, a traditional folk opera of Jinhua City.

In the break-out sessions, participants will have the opportunity to network and share their experiences of living and travelling in Zhejiang and Jinhua.

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China says ready to help India, other S Asian countries fighting COVID-19

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Virus origin probes should be left to scientists to investigate, not US intelligence agencies, says CPAFFC President

BEIJING, China – China has the willingness, capacity and resources to help India and other South Asian countries that are grappling with the new wave of COVID-19 cases, said the president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

When India became engulfed in the second wave of COVID-19 cases and faced a severe shortage of medical resources such as protective suits, the CPAFFC expressed its willingness to help the Indian government, Lin Songtian, president of the organisation, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

“As long as [India] asks, we will offer full support,” said Lin, noting that as  India’s most important neighbour, China has the willingness, capacity and resources to help Indian people overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met virtually with his counterparts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday to discuss efforts to fight against COVID-19 and seek post-pandemic economic recovery.

The foreign ministers attending the online meeting reached an agreement to build China-South Asia emergency reserves.

Lin said that the CPAFFC is actively negotiating with local governments and institutes with which it has ties to collect anti-pandemic resources such as masks, protective suits, ventilators and other items to help India, as well as other South Asian countries.

Lin made the remarks to the Global Times while he was attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Forum on People-to-people Friendship, which is being held in Wuhan, Hubei Province from Wednesday to Friday.

Lin refuted recent smears against the Wuhan Institute of Virology from the US, after US President Joe Biden demanded that US intelligence agencies confirm in 90 days if the coronavirus emerged from a laboratory, sparking an uproar in the international community.

Virus origin probes should be left to scientists to investigate, not US intelligence agencies, said Lin, noting that the US’ moves are not scientific, and they serve the country’s aim of politicising as well as stigmatising the virus.

Lin said that choosing Wuhan to host the SCO’s first people-to-people exchange forum is aimed at sending a signal of gratitude to international friends who helped Wuhan and China combat the pandemic, boosting the morale of people who are still grappling with the pandemic, and sending out China’s friendly voice to the international community about building a community with a shared future for mankind, to cope with the major changes of the century.

Lin said that international relations should be led by both high-level government officials as well as people-to-people exchanges, which can boost mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and people from other countries.

He also prioritised pushing forward people-to-people exchanges between China and the US. He said that over the past year, he had 22 online and in-person communications with Americans from all walks of life, including local governments of sister cities, research institutes, business circles and the media.

Lin said that in the course of those communications, he experienced a China-US relationship that is totally different from that which Western media have described.

“First, we share the same idea that both Chinese and Americans desire world peace. Second, the two countries’ companies and research institutes are looking forward to development, and third, the two countries can benefit from each other.”

But at the same time, the US government has been politicising its China policies by painting China as its biggest rival, which has been reflected in Washington’s decision to close Confucius Institutes and tighten visa approvals for Chinese students. US politics has poisoned public opinion, and public opinion has been kidnapped by politics, said Lin, noting that US politicians can now only win votes by waving the anti-China flag.

Against this backdrop, and with people-to-people exchanges cut off by the pandemic, the US government has been using the media to fabricate rumours about China and point fingers at Beijing, said Lin.

He believed that as an organisation that advocates friendly exchanges between people, it is important to let more people see the truth about China.

“First, it is important to invite Westerners to witness China’s development. Then, we can encourage foreigners in China to spread the truth about China to the outside world,” said Lin, noting that “the CPAFFC will organise foreigners in China to visit more places in this country, to form a deep understanding and to understand China, and through them, to demonstrate a real, dimensional China to the outside world.”

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