Deputy Counsel General of China Peng Zhengwu said that China is extending full support to Pakistan and power plants based on technology being used in Beijing had been installed  for resolving energy crisis. He was addressing a seminar organized by Punjab University (PU) Pakistan Study Centre.

Deputy Consul General of China Peng Zhengwu, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Sichuan University’s Vice President Yan Shijing, Director Pakistan Study Centre, Sichuan University China Professor Dr Song Zhihui, Fudan University China Pakistan Study Centre’s Director Professor Du Youkang, Director Centre for Public Policy and Governance Forman Christian College University Professor  Dr Saeed Shafqat, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities Professor Dr Iqbal Chawla, Assistant Professor Dr Amjad Abbas Magsi, Chinese students and MPhil/PhD scholars were present on the occasion.

Addressing the seminar, Peng Zhengwu said that Sahiwal coal-fired power plant was clean and efficient energy project. He said that Free Trade Agreement would come into effect from Jan 01, 2020 which would reduce the tariff and Pakistan would have an opportunity to strengthen its economy. Peng said that China was strategic partner of Pakistan and China issued visa to around 150,000 Pakistanis every year. He said that Orange Line would be available for commercial use from next month and people would get better transportation facilities.  Zhengwu said that another Confucius Institute would be opened in Sargodha.

Sichuan University’s Vice President Yan Shijing said that Sichuan University and Punjab University were making efforts to promote higher education. He said that Pakistani students were studying in medical, economics, civil engineering, computer science and other academic disciplines being offered at Sichuan University, which was the second largest university in China. Yan said that around 20 books about Pakistan had been published in their university. VP said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor would improve quality of life of Pakistanis. He added that campus landscapes, departments and facilities to students at PU were very impressive.

In his address, Professor Dr Saleem Mazhar lauded the services of Pakistan Study Centre for connecting academic institutions and experts of both the countries. He said that people to people contact would help understand culture of each other. He stressed the need to jointly organize seminar and conferences and launch joint research projects on various topics of mutual interest. Professor Dr Iqbal Chawla said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would contribute in development of the region and our future was associated with this mega project. Professor Mazhar said that CPEC was really a golden opportunity for Pakistan and we must prepare ourselves to cope with the challenges we were facing. He added that he was surprised over the people who negatively think about CPEC. He said that we must share knowledge to remove confusions regarding CPEC. Earlier, the participants inaugurated Institute of The Belt And Road at Pakistan Study Centre and visited PU Library.

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