China stands with Pakistan in difficult times: Nong Rong

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ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong said China stands by Pakistan in these difficult times as the two countries are strategic allies who have supported each other in the face of all challenges.

“China looks forward to supporting Pakistan in pursuing its development model suited to the circumstances on the ground, as the two countries are all-time friends,” he said in his opening remarks at the meeting. a dialogue titled Global Development & Governance, held at Pakistan-Chinese Institute and Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies.

The dialogue was also addressed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of the Defense Committee and Pakistan-China Institute, and Gao Anming, Vice Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of China International Communications Group (CICG). The dialogue was moderated by Mustafa Hyder Syed, Executive Director of the Pakistan-China Institute, and Lin Kun, Vice President of the Academy of Contemporary China and Global Studies.

Nong Rong said that through CPEC, China wants to expand exchanges in the area of ​​governance, such as reducing poverty levels and raising people’s living standards. He praised the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) whose initiatives have profoundly changed China. He said the upcoming 20th CPC Congress will make plans for the future and set new goals that will be achieved by working together for the benefit of all.

Mushahid Hussain Syed, while referring to the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to Asia, in particular to Taiwan, said that it would be an unwarranted provocation, adding that a visit by such a high level of a US official violated the one China policy agreed upon by the United States and the People’s Republic of China in the Shanghai Communique. He said such provocations had the potential to destabilize Asia and generate a new kind of confrontation, which Asia could not afford in these difficult times. Pakistan, he said, is committed to the one-China policy and the preservation, promotion and protection of strategic partnership with China.

He referred to President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative and called it the most important development and diplomacy initiative of the 21st century. He said that CPEC, the flagship enterprise of the BRI, has been progressing admirably since it has modernized the country’s infrastructure and raised the socio-economic level of its citizens. In this context, he cited two studies from Harvard University.

The first study, titled Understanding CCP Resilience: Surveying Chinese Public Opinion Through Time, was published by Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in July 2020. The study found that there was a very great satisfaction with the central government in China. The second study by Graham Allison of Harvard University was titled The Great Tech Rivalry: China vs the US. This study shows that China has overtaken the United States as the world’s leading high-tech manufacturer, producing 250 million computers, 25 million automobiles and 1.5 billion smartphones in 2020. Moreover, it indicates that ‘beyond becoming a manufacturing power, China has become a serious competitor. in fundamental technologies of the 21st century: artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, quantum information science (QIS), semiconductors, biotechnology, robotics and green energy.

Initially, Mushahid congratulated China on the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which was specially celebrated at GHQ as a sign of goodwill. He praised the cooperation between the Pakistani army and the PLA, including COAS General Bajwa’s comments that the two armies were “brothers in arms”.

Gao Anming stressed deepening high-quality cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative and actively promoting the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. “Global development is inseparable from connectivity and open cooperation,” he said, adding that the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative pursues development, advocates win-win results and transmitted hope. He said that as a landmark project, the construction of CPEC is a practical example of win-win cooperation between the two countries. Since construction began in 2015, CPEC has brought a total of $25.4 billion in direct investment to Pakistan with 22 priority projects completed, resulting in the creation of over 70,000 jobs, effectively improving the well-being of the population.

After the keynote address, a joint research publication titled Pakistan’s View on Governance of China in The New Era (2012-2022): Perception & Inspiration was published by Ambassador (Retired) Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Former Secretary in Foreign Affairs and currently DG, Institute of Strategic Studies. Introducing the paper, Chaudhry said China has climbed the development ladder much faster than other countries. Under Mao Zedong, China focused on three key areas: universal education, mobilizing women into the workforce, and mobilizing people into the workforce.

Moreover, he said he observed two important characteristics of Chinese governance: First, China adheres to governance with a clear vision and purpose. China, through this, wants to achieve the goal of making China a moderately prosperous society by 2049. Second, it seems that China’s governance system is centralized to begin with. In reality, it is highly decentralized as local congresses across counties and townships are democratically elected with councils from above. Finally, countries like Pakistan must learn from China’s peaceful rise.

Yu Yunquan, president of the Academy of Contemporary China and Global Studies, said in the report, many Pakistani experts believed there were two reasons why China could achieve “good governance” in China. new era: one was the wise leadership of President Xi Jinping. whose thoughts on the governance of the country had been highly recognized by the international community, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the second was that consultative democratic governance brought together a wide range of representations of popular power. For example, more than 1 billion voters in China directly elected more than 2 million deputies to People’s Congresses across counties and townships, possibly the largest popular election in the world.

Mustafa Hyder Syed, executive director of the Pakistan-China Institute, said the era of reform and opening up was the inflection point that transformed China into the world’s second largest economy. He attributed China’s peaceful rise to the policy coherence adopted by successive leaders. He said China’s vision of building a community with a shared future is being realized through President Xi Jinping’s people-centered policies. The need for consistency and continuity has always been there. Because of these two characteristics of Chinese governance, it would handle all the pressing issues it faced domestically and internationally. He said the CCP is the engine of China’s prosperity. This is why, he said, he was intentionally targeted by disinformation campaigns. He also quoted Kishore Mehboobani’s book “Has China Won?” which states that more than 130 million Chinese tourists visit other countries freely and all of them happily return home to China every year, which shows that they are satisfied with the situation in China.

Wang Xiaohui, editor of the China Internet Information Center, quoted President Xi Jinping as saying that “only the man wearing the shoes can tell whether they fit him or not.” China’s development model, he said, was people-centered and had realized significant dividends during the period. Commenting on the CPEC, he said the two countries had deepened their cooperation during its first phase, which helped ease the energy crisis and upgrade infrastructure.

Dr. Ye Hailin, deputy director general of the Office of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that in the coming days, the world will experience increasing uncertainty due to the disruption of the global supply chain unleashed. by the Ukrainian crisis. Moreover, Nancy Pelosi’s hesitant visit to Taiwan would aggravate the situation in the region. The international community must pay attention to these issues because such escalations will not benefit either side. He also called for third-party participation in CPEC.

Sultan M Hali quoted Napoleon Bonaparte who said: “Let China sleep. Because when she wakes up, she will shake the world. He praised President Xi Jinping for maintaining the momentum of prosperity pursued by his predecessors. He said China’s governance in the new era (2012-2022) is an excellent example of political consistency and commitment to people’s prosperity. He praised China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic at home and the assistance it has provided to developing and developed countries in the form of medical aid.

Dr. Zhang Jidong, Research Fellow and Division Director for International Cooperation, National Development and Reform Commission, quoted President Xi Jinping as saying that China and Pakistan are strategic cooperative partners by all. the times and supported each other firmly on issues concerning each other’s fundamental interests and major concerns. . He said the mutual trust and friendship between the two countries had stood the test of 70 years of international vicissitudes and had always been rock solid.

Dr. Safdar Sohail, Dean of the National Institute of Public Policy, Lahore, said CPEC would be the roadmap for deeper bilateral trade and investment cooperation between Pakistan and China. Both countries, he said, wanted to further cement this relationship, and that would only be possible through the collective efforts of both parties.

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Co-Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, said: “We have learned from China the importance of community-level governance, which has lifted millions of people out of poverty. He said economic growth alone cannot alleviate poverty unless economic activity generates jobs. Furthermore, he suggested including the service sector in the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement.

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