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Pakistan, China sign MoU to deepen tourism cooperation, exchanges

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BEIJING: Pakistan and China on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on expansion of bilateral tourism, exchanges and cooperation. Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque and Chinese Vice-Minister of Culture and Tourism Zhang Xu signed the MoU from both sides at an august signing ceremony held at the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Beijing.

The event was also attended by senior officials from the two countries and media representatives. The MoU signing was a part of activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries being celebrated this year.

The MoU envisages upgrading tourism cooperation between Pakistan and China as outlined in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Long Term Plan.
 

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Education comes first!

The China funded Gwadar Technical and Vocational Institute, constructed by CHEC, has passed acceptance recently in Pakistan.

The institute will serve as an “incubator” for high-quality and skilled workers for Gwadar and even Balochistan.

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China highly appreciates PM Imran Khan for his determination and leadership in steering the development of CPEC.

China will work hard with Pakistan to promote high-quality development of the CPEC in a timely manner, for more benefit of the two peoples..


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December 9, 2021 ... ISLAMABAD: Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan commended the government of China for hosting a JEC meeting after a gap of 11 years.

He was addressing the 15th session of Pakistan-China Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on Economic, Trade, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. The virtual meeting was co-chaired by Ren Hongbin, Chinese vice minister of economics, and Mian Asad Hayaud Din, secretary of Economic Affairs Division.

Mr Khan expressed satisfaction on completion of 70 years of everlasting and unprecedented friendship between Pakistan and China and said the agreement for establishment of the JEC, signed in 1982, was the basis of bilateral cooperation.

He said Pakistan and China had always supported each other at every front. Pakistan was among the first country to show solidarity with China at the time of outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic as President Arif Alvi paid a visit to Beijing amid the pandemic, he said. Similarly, he added, China had been supporting Pakistan in pandemic mitigation measures from the very beginning of the pandemic.

To support Pakistan’s drive for mass vaccination, Chinese companies supplied Covid-19 vaccine on priority basis. The government of China provided over four million doses of vaccine to Pakistan free of cost.
The minister highlighted that Pakistan and China were entering the next phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in which special economic zones were being established.
Published in Dawn, December 9th, 2021
 

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Pakistan’s opposition to politicisation of sports highly appreciated: Nong Rong

Pakistan says Beijing Olympics would offer "a spectacular and colourful gala to sports enthusiasts around the world"

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December 12, 2021

Chinas Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong — APP


China's Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong — APP

ISLAMABAD: The Ambassador of China to Pakistan Nong Rong on Sunday praised Pakistan for standing up against the politicisation of sports and said that China appreciates this stance.

"Pakistan’s position to oppose any form of politicization of sports is highly appreciated. The Beijing Winter Olympic Games is not a stage for the posturing and grandstanding of politicians. China is ready to deliver a streamlined, safe and splendid Olympics to the world!" he wrote on Twitter.


The ambassador's message came in response to a message issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, in which Pakistan condemned the politicisation of sports, especially pertaining to the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, while addressing a weekly media briefing, had expressed Pakistan's confidence in the neighbouring country's plan to host the Beijing Winter Olympics, Geo.tv reported Sunday, citing the Xinhua News Agency.

The Beijing Olympics would offer "a spectacular and colourful gala to sports enthusiasts around the world, including in Pakistan," despite the limitations imposed by COVID-19, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad,

"The Olympic games symbolise sportsmanship, team spirit, unity, effort, struggle, and maintaining grace in competition whatever the results are," the spokesperson had said.
"Pakistan hopes that all nations will come together in Beijing and afford their athletes an opportunity against the best and showcase their skills," he had said, per the report.
 

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China, Pakistan to enhance cooperation in vocational education
December 12, 2021

China, Pakistan will gear up vocational education cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China Economic Net (CEN) reported on Saturday.

The report says that to this effect an online launching ceremony of CCTE (Chinese+ Commercial culture + Technology + Employment) model modern Sino-Pak dual diploma joint Technical Education Demonstration Project was held simultaneously in China and Pakistan.


The Chinese sides consist three Chinese vocational institutes, namely, Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology (SZIIT), Guangdong Construction Polytechnic and Bailie Vocational College of Gansu Province.

They will cooperate with their Pakistani counterparts, including University of Faisalabad in geotechnical, information technology and modern agriculture to train talents for Pakistan, via the CCTE model ( At the launching ceremony, participants also held a dialogue on China-Pakistan cooperation on vocational education.—AFP
 

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Fresh batches of 15m Sinovac doses arrive from China

PIA airlifted new consignments from December 10 to 15, says national flag carrier official

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December 15, 2021


BEIJING: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has transported fresh consignments of 15 million doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines by five special flights from the Capital International Airport Beijing to Islamabad.

The national flag carrier launched special flights PAK-6852, PAK-6853, PK-6856, PK-6857 and PK-6858 respectively and airlifted fresh consignments of Sinovac vaccine from December 10 to December 15, PIA Country Manager Qadir Bux Sangi said on Wednesday.

He added that a PIA special flight PK-6858 carrying 3 million doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines left the Chinese capital for Islamabad.

Last week, Pakistan Ambassador to China Moinul Haque had thanked China for standing by Pakistan during testing times, including the fight against Covid-19.

"The vaccine campaign which is going [on] in Pakistan, the 90 per cent of it is being done through vaccines provided by China," he said.

In a recent statement, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson remarked that the China-Pakistan joint fight against the Covid-19 pandemic had achieved positive progress and set a good example for the world.

"Since the outbreak of Covid-19, our two countries have stood together in mutual assistance," he said in response to a question asked by APP.

He said that the Chinese side always attached high importance to Pakistan’s needs on vaccines and "we have engaged in close cooperation".

The spokesperson said that China had provided strong support to Pakistan. Just a few days ago, he said, 200,000 doses of vaccines from China Red Cross Society were transported to Islamabad.

Chinese were already engaging in joint production of vaccines in Pakistan and it would stand together with Pakistan to help it defeat the virus, he added.

In an earlier statement, the spokesperson remarked that since the outbreak, China and Pakistan had been supporting each other. "When China was in the middle of the anti-epidemic war, Pakistan was among the first to help China," he added.

In the same way, he said, the Chinese side had been helping and assisting Pakistan with testing agents, masks protective suits and vaccines. "These were concrete steps illustrating iron brother relationship between the two countries."

As per the latest figures, Pakistan had vaccinated 25 per cent of its total population and 37 per cent of its eligible population against the novel coronavirus.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan was the first country in the world, which received a coronavirus vaccine from China as a donation.

On February 1, 2020, the first batch of 500,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived by a special plane in Islamabad.

Later, on February 8, China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) delivered a batch of Covid-19 vaccines to the Pakistan armed forces at the latter’s request.
 

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Pakistan’s relations with China are exceptional, says NSA Yusuf

December 17, 2021




ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA), Dr Moeed Yusuf said that Pakistan’s relations with China are exceptional.

“We want good relations with all countries besides promoting exports,” he said while talking to a private television channel.

The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government is paying special attention to expedite exports, he stated.

“Pakistan is keen to have good relations with all countries and also wants to promote exports with them,” he added.

The statement comes after media reports emerged of the project completion deadline of five projects being extended.

Responding to a question over the extension of deadlines on five projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Yusuf said that the decision was taken keeping in view payment capacity issues.

He further stated that it would take some time to come out of this situation.

Commenting on Pakistan’s decision to turn down United States invitation for Islamabad to join the virtual Summit for Democracy, the NSA said that the country would participate if a similar event was organized next year.
What is Summit for Democracy?

According to the State Department, the United States is holding a two-day virtual Summit for Democracy as per the vision of the Biden-Harris Administration.

The summit is being hosted by US President Joe Biden to “bring together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector” to set an “affirmative agenda for democratic renewal”. The moot will also focus on tackling the “greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action”.
 

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China-Pakistan matchmaking workshop

December 19, 2021

KUNMING, Dec. 17 (China Economic Net) – Themed by ‘Deepen China-Pakistan STI Cooperation to Support the Construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’, the 2nd China-Pakistan Matchmaking Workshop was held in Kunming and Islamabad online and offline yesterday. Various promising scientific cooperation and technology transfer in modern agriculture, new energy, biomedicine and digital economy, etc. between the two countries are loading to inject new impetus to CPEC development.

Ruan Xiangping, First-Level Inspector, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, advised giving more attention to enterprises’ needs, serving CEPC progress and enhancing talent cultivation to deepen technology transfer and cooperation between the two countries.

Dr. Syed Ata ur Rehman, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan, also expressed his expectation of Pak-China scientific and technological cooperation.

According to Zhang Jihong, Second-Level Inspector, Yunnan Provincial Science of Technology Department, with the establishment of China-South Asia Technology Center Pakistan branch, bilateral cooperation in green energy, green food, biomedicine, health and digital economy, etc. will be made via building joint laboratory and talent scheme.

In recent years, increasingly more cooperation has been reached between Yunnan province and Pakistan. Notably, the hybrid wheat technical assistance and demonstration project has greatly lifted wheat production in Pakistan with China-Pakistan hybrid wheat international commercial breeding and industrialization system established. Moreover, projects of hybrid rice and transportation infrastructure construction, etc. are also ongoing to help Pakistan overcome food security and infrastructure construction challenges.

It’s learned that a series of training sessions of modern agriculture, energy, mining and metallurgy, biology, medicine, management will be held soon to help Pakistan cultivate technical talents.
 

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Chinese Scholarship Council offers scholarships to Pakistani students through HEC

December 26, 2021



ISLAMABAD, Dec. 25 (Gwadar Pro) – Higher Education Commission (HEC) on behalf of the Government of Pakistan has been nominating students and scholars for Chinese Government Scholarship Programme 2022-23.

Online application submission, which HEC began in the first week of December, will end on January 3, 2022.

Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) is offering Pakistani students and scholars to study and conduct research in China’s universities, aiming to enhance educational cooperation between the two countries.

CSC, which works under Chinese Ministry of Education, is responsible for the enrollment and the administration of the scholarship program. CSC sponsors international students, teachers and scholars to undertake degree studies from undergraduate to PhD including preparatory Chinese language studies for one year in some degree programs.

According to CSC program, the minimum monthly stipend for undergraduate students is ¥2,500, while for Master’s and doctoral students the stipend is ¥3,000 and ¥3,500, respectively. Any applicant, in good health, from Pakistan including Azad Jammu and Kashmir can avail the scholarship while dual nationality holders are not eligible to apply.

The Chinese designated universities offer a wide variety of academic programs in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Economics, Legal Studies, Management, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy and Fine Arts etc. for scholarship recipients at all levels.
 

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Chou En-Lai First Prime Minister of China with Mr. Ahmed Dawood in June 1965. #Karachi
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