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Today marks the deaths of 25 builders who sacrificed their lives on-site in GB, Pakistan on October 10, 1976, in the construction of the China Pakistan Friendship Highway, also called the #Karakorum Highway.

Salute to those heroes! The Karakorum highway spirit will be carried on & on.


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Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) power project in Sindh province was making steady progress.

The envoy appreciated the work on the Thar Energy Limited (TEL) Power Plant under CPEC.

“Good news that the TEL 330MW Power Plant Project in Thar Block-II is making steady progress by joint efforts of both Chinese and Pakistani staff,” he tweeted with pictures of the project.

The envoy added: “Sound safety SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) at the construction site are strictly followed, the safety of all staff at the site is fully ensured.”

The TEL power plant is a 330MW mine-mouth lignite-fired power project being built by Thar Energy, which is owned by Hub Power Company (Hubco), China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), and Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC).

The TEL power plant will supply electricity to the national grid under a 30-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Two more coal-fired power plants named Engro Thar Block II power plant and Thal Nova are also being developed in Thar Block II.

The Engro Thar Block II power plant is a coal-fired power station in the Tharparkar district, Sindh. It is Pakistan’s first power plant to use the indigenous coal reserves of Thar.

The 660MW power plant, which is part of CPEC, is developed by Engro Powergen Thar (EPTL), a joint venture of Engro Powergen (EPL), China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), Habib Bank, and Liberty Mills.

Construction on the Engro Thar Block II power plant commenced in April 2016. Trial operations at the plant began in July 2018 while commercial operations began in July 2019.

The coal-fired subcritical power plant is located 5 kilometres away from Thar Block II near Thar coalfields in Sindh province. It consists of two 330MW subcritical units, which integrate circulating fluidised bed (CFB) boilers, tandem compound steam turbine units, and generators.

CFB is an ideal option for the low-calorific-value Thar lignite coal. It helps to regulate the plant’s environmental footprint by reducing nitrogen oxide emissions and capturing sulphur oxides.

The 20kV, 50Hz, three-phase intercooled generators feature a hydrogen-cooled rotor and stator core, as well as water-cooled rotor windings.

The power plant is also equipped with associated equipment and systems such as cyclones, air pre-heaters, and water walls.

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) supplies approximately 3.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of coal for the coal-fired power plant from a new opencast mine.

SECMC is a joint venture (JV) by the Government of Sindh (GoS) and Engro Powergen (EPGL). The JV was formed to extract the coal reserves available at the seventh biggest coal mine site in the Thar Desert in Sindh province.

The new coal-fired power plant feeds electricity to a 500kV double-circuit transmission line of the grid network between Thar and the Hesco grid station in Jamshoro.

The estimated cost of the Engro Thar power plant is US $995.4 million – funded by a syndicate led by China De-velopment Bank (CDB) with support from China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure).

The syndicate includes Habib Bank, United Bank, Bank Alfalah, National Bank Pakistan, Faysal Bank, Construction Bank of China, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).

Thal Nova is a second similar 330MW power plant being developed in the same block. The financial closing for the power plant was achieved in September 2020 and the commercial operations are scheduled for 2022.
 

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Today marks the deaths of 25 Chinese builders who sacrificed their lives on-site in GB, Pakistan on October 10, 1976, in the construction of the China Pakistan Friendship Highway, also called the Karakorum Highway. Salute to those heroes! The Karakorum highway spirit will be carried on & on.









 

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Pak-China defence cooperation

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the commissioning ceremony of the state-of-the-art Chinese origin VT-4 main battle Tank into a Strike Formation of Pakistan Army in Gujranwala Cantonment on Tuesday. While addressing the ceremony, the COAS said that continuous up-gradation of conventional capabilities is imperative for maintaining qualitative edge over adversaries and deter aggression.

According to COAS, VT-4 Tank is another symbol of Pakistan China strategic cooperation and defence collaboration, and its induction will boost strike capabilities of Pakistan Army formations.

The Army Chief emphasized that the fast-changing dynamics of warfare demand the highest degree of professionalism and rigorous training with due focus on harnessing sophisticated technologies.

According to military experts, made by Chinese defence firm Norinco, the VT-4 main battle tank uses specialized ammunition to engage particular targets while using Chinese anti-armoured ammunition famous for its lethality across the world. Based on its advanced armor protection, high maneuverability, exceptional firepower, equipped with auto transmission system and deep-water fording operation capability, VT-4 is being considered as a potent and effective weapon of strike formations. It was said that Pakistani VT-4 tanks will pose a major threat to Indian Army’s T-90S and upcoming T-90MS tanks in future.

The 21st century geo-strategic and geo-political environment has completely changed the dynamics of present-day war game scenarios. Nuclear deterrence provides a guarantee against potential nuclear invasion but the threats of limited conventional war or low-level tactical attack by the enemy forces while using limited numbers of troops does not warrant use of nuclear weapons therefore maintaining a credible conventional capability has always remained essential for nuclear powers in the past.

The post Pulwama attack Military standoff between Pakistan and India clearly defines this phenomenon. Despite having credible nuclear and missile capabilities Pakistan has maintained exceptional conventional fighting machine during recent decades. In fact, the emergence of nuclear forces did not reduce the importance of conventional military rather credible conventional power reinforces the nuclear capabilities of a country.

Pakistan -China Defence Cooperation is a major pillar of broader Pak-China bilateral relationship. Pak-China Defence Cooperation is equally growing in all three military domains including Army, Navy and Air Force. The heavy Industry Taxila jointly manufactured T-59 Al-Zafar tank, Al-Khalid tank, and Al-Khalid tank-1 during the past. On other hand, both nations jointly produced K-8 and JF-17 thunder under joint venture of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra and Chengdu Aircrafts Corporation of China.

Similarly, Pakistan Navy has handed over an ambitious shopping list to Chinese firms, which includes F-22 P Frigates, four type 054 A/P warships, fast attack crafts, helicopters and medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle and 8 hangor class submarines to enhance capabilities of its operational fleet.

In fact, Pakistan and China have enjoyed all weather friendship and militaries of both countries have strong working relations in counterterrorism, defence and security and joint training. Most of the procurement contracts have been made on a transfer of technology basis. While doing business with Chinese firms, Pakistan never faced troublesome situations which it had experienced while dealing with western powers including the United States and France in the past.

The ongoing geo-political developments in the region have created new opportunities and potential avenues of cooperation between the two countries. Hopefully, Pak-China friendship and defence cooperation will increase many folds in the days to come.
 

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To know the exact breakup of these projects, the chairman committee asked for the ageing of the allocated budget and overall projects.

While briefing the committee regarding the sectorial breakup of the PSDP 2021-22, the officials apprised that 62 percent of the budget is allocated for the infrastructure sector and 20 percent for the social sector.

On the completion plan of most important projects,

Dasu hydropower project stage-1 (2160MW) had a progress of 15 percent (expected completion February 2025),
Mangla Power station Refurbishment (310MW) had a physical progress of 48 percent (expected completion June 2024),
Tarbela fifth extension (1410MW) had a physical progress of two percent (expected completion June 2025),
Tarbela fourth extension had a physical progress of 99 percent (expected completion December 2022),
Diamer-Bhasha Dam Project (Dam part) had a physical progress of four percent (expected completion June 2029),
Diamer-Bhasha Dam Project (land acquisition and re-settlement) had a physical progress of 72 percent and
Mohmand Multipurpose Dam project had a physical progress of nine percent (expected completion December 2025).

The officials, while further divulging about the projects said that 10 percent of work had been completed on 50 percent of projects, and 30 percent of projects are new and of the remaining 70 percent projects, 100 percent work had been completed on 50 percent of the projects.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021
 

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China-Pakistan Higher Education Research Institute launched

October 16, 2021


Ever since the creation of CPEC Consortium of Universities, four annual conferences have been held. The consortium started off with 19 universities in 2019 (10 Pakistani and 9 Chinese), but now the membership stands at 83 (61 Pakistani and 22 Chinese). During the recent conference, the China-Pakistan Higher Education Research Institute was also established which will facilitate high-end higher education research in both countries, and enhance mutual cooperation in areas of scientific, economic, agricultural, educational, and socioeconomic development.

BEIJING, Oct 15 (APP): The 4th Exchange Mechanism Conference of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Consortium of Universities was held on Friday.
The Conference was held simultaneously through online and on-site modes at Peking University, Beijing and National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad. Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Federal Education and Profession Training; Du Yubo, President, China Association of Higher Education; Prof Qiu Shuiping, Secretary of the CPC Committee and Chair of the University Council, Peking University; Dr Shaista Sohail, Executive Director, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan; Nong Rong, Ambassador of China Pakistan; and Moin ul Haque, Ambassador of Pakistan to China, attended the Conference along with other dignitaries.
The CPEC Consortium of Universities was established in 2017 with 19 (10 Pakistani and 9 Chinese) universities. Currently, the membership of the Consortium stands at 83 (61 Pakistani and 22 Chinese) universities.

The Consortium’s rapid progress marks a renewed beginning of educational cooperation leading to industrial, business, infrastructural, cultural and socioeconomic cooperation between the two brotherly countries of China and Pakistan.


The successful completion of the 4th Exchange Mechanism Conference is especially significant not only because it was held under the challenging times of the global COVID-19 pandemic, but also because it was held in a year when both countries are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.


During the Conference, the China-Pakistan Higher Education Research Institute was also established. The Institute will further facilitate high-end higher education research in both countries focusing on mutual priority areas of scientific, economic, agricultural, educational and socioeconomic development under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The Annual Development Reports of 2019-20 were also presented on the occasion by the respective Chinese and Pakistani Secretariats of the Consortium. Goals and targets for the next were also outlined.

During the Conference, parallel thematic sessions were also held covering various areas of mutual cooperation, including Promotion of Collaborative Research; Curriculum Designing; Instructional Content and Assessment Methodologies; Teaching Reform and Talents Training; and CPEC-related Industrial, Agricultural, Energy and Educational Cooperation.
 

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Pakistan, China agree on strengthening ties to overcome economic challenges

  • PM Imran Khan holds telephonic conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping

BR Web Desk
26 Oct 2021






Pakistan and China have agreed on strengthening bilateral economic and commercial ties to overcome the headwinds generated due to the negative impact of coronavirus on the global economy.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said that PM Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping and congratulated Xi on the centenary of the Communist Party of China.

The statement said both leaders felicitated each other on the important milestone of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

During their phone call, the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership, and also discussed the regional and international situation. The PM lauded the 'successful, timely and high-quality' implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, and welcomed Chinese investments in the CPEC Special Economic Zones.
"He underscored that early start of work on the ML-1 railway project would complement Pakistan’s geo-economics vision for national and regional development," the PMO statement said.

PM Khan and President Xi agreed to promote CPEC’s green development as a high-quality demonstration of the Belt and Road Initiative.

While discussing coronavirus, PM Khan appreciated China’s successful containment of the pandemic as well as relief and assistance measures for the developing countries, including the vaccine cooperation with Pakistan.

"Taking stock of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the global economy, the two leaders agreed on further strengthening bilateral economic and commercial ties, including full realisation of the potential offered by the Phase-II of the FTA, to overcome the economic headwinds," the statement added.

On the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, both the leaders called on the international community to provide immediate humanitarian and economic assistance to the people of Afghanistan, to alleviate their suffering, prevent instability and flight of people as well as continued engagement for the rebuilding of the country.
 

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PIA special flights airlift 15 million doses of Sinovac vaccines


PIA special flights airlift 15 million doses of Sinovac vaccines

https://nation.com.pk/NewsSource/web-desk

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11:17 PM | November 02, 2021

As many as five special flights of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have transported 15 million doses of Sinovac vaccines from China to Pakistan during the last five days.

The special flights – PAK-6857, PAK-6858, PK-6856, PK-6852 and PK-6853 took off from Capital International Airport, Beijing to Islamabad between October 29 to November 2 with around 15 million doses of Sinovac vaccine to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, PIA Country Manager, Qadir Bux Sangi told media.

He informed that the national flag carrier had so far airlifted over 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

In a tweet, Pakistan Ambassador to China said that China had played a vital role in Pakistan’s vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus and had so far provided the latter with 110 million doses of vaccines, making the backbone of Pakistan’s inoculation drive.

Pakistan was the first country in the world, which receive a coronavirus vaccine from China as a donation. The first donation of the Sinopharm vaccine was delivered to Pakistan in February 2021. Following the first batch, Pakistan has received millions of coronavirus vaccines from China.

Pakistan have so far received 130 million doses of the corona vaccine. Of these doses, 100 million were purchased while five million were donated by China. Pakistan has received 25 million doses of the vaccine from Covax.

According to official figures, over 70 million people have received at least one dose and 40 million are fully vaccinated in Pakistan.

The target of vaccinating 70 million people was set for the year-end, however, it was achieved even two months ahead.
 

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Maj Sahibzada Yaqub Khan (later Lt Gen), as Comdt Governor-General’s Bodyguard, receives the Chinese representative to Pakistan at Karachi, 12 August 1947.
 

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BEIJING, Nov 4 (APP): The signing ceremony for Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on establishment of Center of Excellence on Artificial Intelligence at Pakistan University of Engineering and Emerging Technology (PUEET ) was held at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT).

Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque, Prof Dr. Atta ur Rahman, Chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology joining online from Karachi and Prof. Xin Sijin, Chairman of Wuhan University of Technology signed the MOU.

Senior Officials of Wuhan University of Technology and Hubei Foreign Affairs Office were also present at the occasion.

Prof Xin Sijin briefed about WUT’s history, key achievements in research and future plans about cooperation with Pakistan.

He said that establishment of Center of Excellence on Artificial Intelligence would serve as a strong base for future cooperation with Pakistan which is the largest source of excellent foreign students.

With joint and concerted efforts, WUT and PUEET will promote cooperation for faculty development, joint degree programme, infrastructure development and research and development.

In his remarks, Ambassador Haque praised the University for its excellent academic performance and strong research culture in the fields of artificial intelligence, building material, transport and auto-mobile industry.

He said that establishment of Center of Excellence on Artificial Intelligence will further strengthen bilateral cooperation in emerging technologies and also open new avenues for high quality development of science and technology, talent cultivation and high-end research.
 

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Pakistan to begin administration of Chinese vaccines in children

November 12, 2021



ISLAMABAD, Nov. 11 (Gwadar Pro) – Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Center has approved China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines for administration to children above 12 year of age.

According to an official statement, NCOC Health Expert Committee made the decision and the Chinese vaccine would be administered to Pakistani children from November 15, 2021. NCOC has already approved Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Pakistani children above 12 year old. Pakistan has also received over 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine under Covax facility. However, the inclusion of Chinese vaccines is good news for Pakistan as the country has more doses of Sinopharm and Sinovac than other corona vaccines available in the country.

Pakistan’s vaccination campaign largely relies on Chinese vaccines and the country revived the first ever batch of Sinopharm vaccine in February 2021, as China donated half a million doses of Sinopharm vaccine to the country.

Sinopharm and AstraZeneca were the first two Covid-19 vaccines that were granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by Drug Regulatory of Pakistan (DRAP0 in January 2021. Prime Minister Imran Khan received Sinopharm vaccine in March 2021.

In April 2021, DRAP approved China’s Sinovac vaccine against the virus for energy use. The country has received a large number of Sinovac vaccines from China. Pakistan has also approved China’s CanSino Biologics Inc’s (CanSinoBIO) for emergency use; it is the vaccine, which was also tested in Pakistan during clinical trials.

As “back of Pakistan’s inoculation drive”, since February 2021, Pakistan has received 110 million doses of vaccines from China. Last month, China donated three million more doses of vaccines to Pakistan. In addition to receiving a donation, Pakistan also purchased a corona vaccine from China.

According to NCOC, Pakistan administered 1,239,916 doses of vaccines in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of doses administered in the country to 116,131,086.
 

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Li Yunjie, Overseas Business Manager of Bright Dairy & Food co., ltd has said that the yield and quality of dairy products in Pakistan is very high and has huge potential which China wants to explore in terms of cooperation. He said that the Chinese market will benefit from Pakistan’s economic development, industrial upgrading, and industrial chain extension. He also said that Pakistan can expand into cheese and cream as the trend is picking pace in China.
 

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Nong Rong

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Glad to sign the Protocol of Inspection and Quarantine Requirements for the Export of Onion from Pakistan to China with H.E. Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research, and wish more Pakistan agriculture products access to the huge Chinese market.


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