BEIJING: Beijing said on Friday that China and Pakistan were not the enemies of the US and stressed that terrorism as well as the coronavirus pandemic were the common enemies to all mankind and required joint efforts to counter them.
Speaking on the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on the US soil, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that all countries should work together to prevent and fight terrorism and safeguard the world’s peace and stability.
“So on this very special day [9/11 anniversary], I would like to say that we hope the US won’t forget that terrorism and Covid-19 are common enemies to all mankind. China and Pakistan are not the enemies of the US,” Zhao told a regular media briefing.
Opposing attempts to link terrorism to any specific country, Zhao commended Pakistan for making tremendous efforts and sacrifices in fighting this menace and called on the international community to fully recognise and respect such efforts.
“We oppose double standards on counter terrorism and we oppose the attempt to link the terrorism to any specific country,” he said. “The international community should fully recognise and respect Pakistan’s efforts,” Zhao said.
He said that China opposed to all kinds of terrorism and stressed that all countries should engage themselves in the global anti-terrorism cooperation to jointly safeguard the world peace and security on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zao Lejian has praised Pakistan's great efforts and sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and urges the world community to fully acknowledge and respect such efforts. Legian Zaune insisted that the US should not make the mistake of considering China and Pakistan as their enemies.
He further said terrorism and Covid-19 are the joint enemy of all humanity and they committed terrorism. Emphasized collective efforts to compete.
Human resource development has special importance in the second phase of CPEC. Professional training institutes are being set up under CPEC to meet the demand of skilled workers in the industrial sector. China to Pakistan Helping upgrade existing professional training institutions and providing financial support to establish 6 such institutes to promote human resource development.
A farewell dinner in the honour of H.E Mr Yao Jing, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan was hosted by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), today.
During the interaction matters of mutual interest, regional security and enhanced bilateral cooperation came under discussion. COAS thanked Ambassador for his services and appreciated his contributions for fostering strong ties between the two countries and support towards defence/ security cooperation, handling of COVID Pandemic and stance on Kashmir.
Ambassador appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan's positive role in the region and pledged to play his role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation between both countries.
High-level visits of delegations between Pakistan and China have opened up new horizons of cooperation, particularly in the field of agriculture, through the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and other agreements, said Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam.
His comments came at a farewell meeting with outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Friday.
During the meeting, Imam appreciated Yao's contribution to the deepening of bilateral ties between the two countries. It was decided that China would assist in developing date processing plants and onion cold storages in southern Balochistan.
The minister acknowledged the growing friendly relations between the two countries and reiterated the importance Pakistan attached to its partnership with China. He was of the view that the Chinese envoy's efforts aimed at growth of bilateral cooperation in all spheres had further strengthened brotherly ties between the two neighbours.
He appreciated the ambassador's efforts to push bilateral cooperation within the economic framework under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The minister praised Yao's contribution to the growth of agricultural cooperation as well as his efforts to appoint an agricultural counsellor in the Chinese embassy, which helped in effective coordination in all areas of the farm sector. He lauded the ambassador's interest and continued help in Pakistan's efforts to fight locust and Covid-19.
"CPEC will go a long way towards further strengthening bilateral relations as well as development of agriculture and livestock sectors in Pakistan," remarked Imam.
The ambassador had called for holding a working-level meeting between the two nations to kick-start the process for a joint working group, he said.
Accordingly, a delegation of Pakistan, led by a senior joint secretary, visited the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (China) in July 2019, he added.
"The first China-Pakistan Agricultural Cooperation forum provided a platform for business-to-business interaction with participation of leading business enterprises from both sides and conclusion of private sector-related MoUs."
Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2020.
Outgoing Chinese envoy conferred Hilal-e-Pakistan award
President Dr Arif Alvi presenting the award to outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing for his services of further strengthening the Pakistan-China relationship in diverse fields. — NNI
President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday has conferred the Hilal-e-Pakistan to outgoing Chinese envoy Yao Jing in recognition of his contributions to further strengthening the Pakistan-China relationship in various fields.
Ambassador Yao Jing has served in Pakistan thrice in various capacities and in aggregate stayed in Islamabad for eleven years.
The special investiture ceremony was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, where the president presented Ambassador Yao Jing with the country’s second-highest civil award, given to people for their meritorious contribution to the national interests of Pakistan.
The event was attended by the Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly, federal ministers, and high officials of the government.
Earlier on September 10, China, replacing Yao Jing, had designated Nong Rong as a new ambassador to Pakistan, who is currently a minister in a provincial government.
Chinese Ambassador for Pakistan Yao Jing has been transferred back to headquarters in Beijing for the next posting.
Chinese universities to open campuses in Haripur: CEN
Chinese universities will collaborate with the government of Pakistan to open campuses in Pak-Austria Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“Five Chinese and three Austrian universities will handle various departments of the institute to contribute to the country’s technological advancement. This huge project will take another 5 to 7 years to be fully completed,” China Economic Net (CEN) reported.