Chinese Consul Announces CPEC Phase 2 at PU Conference
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Chinese Consul Announces CPEC Phase 2 at PU Conference

Chinese Consul Announces CPEC Phase 2

The Chinese Consul General in Lahore, H. E. Zhao Shiren, announced the imminent commencement of the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, predicting it would bring significant prosperity to the region. This announcement was made during the national conference titled ‘73 Years of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations: Achievements and Way Forward,’ organized by the Punjab University (PU) School of Communication Studies at Hameed Nizami Hall.

Addressing a diverse audience that included prominent academics, business leaders, and students, Consul General Zhao emphasized China’s ongoing commitment to Pakistan’s defense and national security. He expressed optimism that Pakistan would soon secure a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, reinforcing China’s support on international platforms.

Highlighting forthcoming diplomatic engagements, Zhao revealed that Federal Minister of Pakistan Prof. Ahsan Iqbal is scheduled to visit China soon to attract investment from Chinese authorities and investors. Additionally, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is set to make a pivotal visit to China in early June to further strengthen bilateral ties.

Zhao also acknowledged the historical context of the Sino-Pakistani relationship, noting that Pakistan was the first Muslim-majority country to recognize China’s independent status in 1951. This act has fostered a robust, trust-based relationship between the two nations over the past 73 years. Zhao reiterated China’s commitment to cooperating with the Punjab government in enhancing educational, economic, and cultural relations.

Prof. Dr. Noshina Saleem, Director of the School of Communication Studies, lauded China’s substantial role in Pakistan’s socio-economic development, citing it as evidence of the enduring friendship between the two nations. She highlighted China’s consistent support for Pakistan on international issues, including the Kashmir dispute.

Kashif Anwar, President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce, commended China’s comprehensive support for Pakistan’s development. He praised the CPEC initiative for its potential to generate trade, investment, and employment opportunities.

Dr. Mahmood ul Hassan, Executive Director of the Center for South Asia and International Studies, emphasized that CPEC and the One Belt One Road initiative would further strengthen the economic and diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. He noted a significant increase in bilateral exports over the past 27 years as a testament to the growing economic partnership.

Prof. Dr. Mian Hanan described the CPEC Corridor project as a transformative gift to the region, heralding a new era of prosperity and development.

The event concluded with a celebratory cake-cutting ceremony to commemorate 73 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, underscoring the enduring and dynamic partnership between the two nations.

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