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CPEC on track, but Pakistan needs to employ China-experts: Outgoing Ambassador Jing

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CPEC on track, but Pakistan needs to employ China-experts: Outgoing Ambassador Jing

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ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Amb Yao Jing, has said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be better served if Pakistan appointed officials who are experts on the functioning of Chinese government and its market.

In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today and Profit, the ambassador said that on his exit from the country, he was happy at the progress that had been made between the relationship between the two countries, and that CPEC was on the right track.
The Ambassador said that he did not feel that was any challenge to the progress of CPEC because it was proceeding in a timely fashion. There were only ways to make it better and stronger. One of his chief suggestions was the appointment of experts that knew the workings of the Chinese government, and markets closely and could advice Pakistan on how to navigate these mechanisms.
“CPEC is now well connected, much to the satisfaction of both sides,” he said. “The biggest concern if there is one is that Pakistani officials lack expertise on not just how the Chinese government works, but also how Chinese companies operate.”
“In China, for example, we have some experts that advise us on Pakistan’s functioning model. But there is a lot more to be done for Pakistani authorities to learn the functioning of Chinese markets and government,” he added.

Mega projects under CPEC

Pointing towards ML-I, the Mainline-1 railway project under CPEC) worth $6.8 billion, Ambassador Jing said China and Pakistan have made strides when it comes to mega projects which will become beneficial to both countries soon.
“ML-I is the biggest of our mega projects. We were stuck for a while on this, but now we have made a breakthrough on it and we are moving on to the commercial part. Although the commercial loan issue remains yet to be settled, but it is in the process of being finalised between the two governments,” he said.

“Hydropower stations are another example of some of the mega projects under CPEC,” he said. “We are currently working on two different hydropower projects, and even more are coming. Then of course there are other infrastructure projects like Motorway (M-6) and some highways construction in Balochistan, and expansion of the Karakoram Highway.”

Threats to CPEC

Pointing towards external enemies that may want to harm CPEC, the ambassador admitted that security had been one of the chief topics under discussion during a recent visit that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, made to Beijing.

“There are some externally-supported elements who are working against the China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). There have also been some terrorist attacks recently. Such elements are a major security threat to Chinese companies working in Pakistan,” said the ambassador. “However we are very grateful that the Pakistani government has adopted very comprehensive security plans for CPEC and the Chinese companies working on these projects.”

“The Strategic Security Division (SSD) has been established and just last year, they opened a new division called Southern Division. We are going to collaborate with law reinforcement department, basically Ministry of Interior and the Police Department”.

Ambassador Jing went on to reveal that China and Pakistan were planning on having more local base stations. This would allow for a greater exchange of experience and collaboration, which would result in the increased capacity building of these forces tasked to secure CPEC projects.

“We are also having some kind of police related capacities in different provinces, as well as jointly monitoring external elements who are detrimental to CPEC. We are also having intelligence cooperation between Pakistan and China”.

Asked whether China and Pakistan were also implementing an intelligence cooperation to counter such nefarious designs against the CPEC projects, Amb Yao Jing said that intelligence corporation is already operational.

Industrial cooperation

Ambassador Yao Jing says that Special Economic Zones (SeZs) were a major part of the industrial cooperation between the two countries, and Rashakai SeZ would be the first success story in this regard.

“Under the industrial cooperation, we identified four areas including the SeZs. For which, we have identified special areas. Initially we could not make progress on SeZs due to involvement of various tiers of the federal and provincial authorities. We needed to have special areas with special tax holiday and other incentives for the investors along with special priorities for the major sectors”.
Asked to elaborate, the envoy said that CPEC cooperation is between the federal governments of Pakistan and China, but the SEZs were in the provinces, which created issues. “This is why it was a little slow. Then various private companies were also involved so it took time to make a breakthrough. But finally we have managed it.” He said Motorway (M-3) is already functional now.

“Better coordination is half the success. So Rashakai could be the first successful story. Gwadar Free Trade Zone has been a major success. There are 22 factories on construction sector in the Free Zone. Six of them have already finished work on port. Pakistan government has given tax-free incentive to it. Free Zone is now booming.”
 

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In the context of this article, I invite people to consider what I have written here:

It is well known that the Americans have faced challenges doing business with China. Recently, we read how the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has learnt Chinese to better place himself to win in China. Pakistan MUST take lessons here. Normal rules of diplomacy and dealings do not work with the Chinese. If we are to successfully re-negotiate an unfavorable contract, we need to properly understand the Chinese way of doing business. To this end, it may help to have actual retired Chinese diplomats as advisors who can guide us in navigating unchartered waters.
 

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Economic integration in the supply chains while retaining avenues for other investors (on competitive terms) is the best way to allow our own people to learn and catch-up.

we should attract Chinese experts and challenge our local companies to catch-up (to modernize and better manage their resources) with offers to compete in projects.
 

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CPEC on track, but Pakistan needs to employ China-experts: Outgoing Ambassador Jing

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Mian Abrar
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September 19, 2020
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ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Amb Yao Jing, has said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be better served if Pakistan appointed officials who are experts on the functioning of Chinese government and its market.

In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today and Profit, the ambassador said that on his exit from the country, he was happy at the progress that had been made between the relationship between the two countries, and that CPEC was on the right track.
The Ambassador said that he did not feel that was any challenge to the progress of CPEC because it was proceeding in a timely fashion. There were only ways to make it better and stronger. One of his chief suggestions was the appointment of experts that knew the workings of the Chinese government, and markets closely and could advice Pakistan on how to navigate these mechanisms.
“CPEC is now well connected, much to the satisfaction of both sides,” he said. “The biggest concern if there is one is that Pakistani officials lack expertise on not just how the Chinese government works, but also how Chinese companies operate.”
“In China, for example, we have some experts that advise us on Pakistan’s functioning model. But there is a lot more to be done for Pakistani authorities to learn the functioning of Chinese markets and government,” he added.

Mega projects under CPEC

Pointing towards ML-I, the Mainline-1 railway project under CPEC) worth $6.8 billion, Ambassador Jing said China and Pakistan have made strides when it comes to mega projects which will become beneficial to both countries soon.
“ML-I is the biggest of our mega projects. We were stuck for a while on this, but now we have made a breakthrough on it and we are moving on to the commercial part. Although the commercial loan issue remains yet to be settled, but it is in the process of being finalised between the two governments,” he said.

“Hydropower stations are another example of some of the mega projects under CPEC,” he said. “We are currently working on two different hydropower projects, and even more are coming. Then of course there are other infrastructure projects like Motorway (M-6) and some highways construction in Balochistan, and expansion of the Karakoram Highway.”

Threats to CPEC

Pointing towards external enemies that may want to harm CPEC, the ambassador admitted that security had been one of the chief topics under discussion during a recent visit that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, made to Beijing.

“There are some externally-supported elements who are working against the China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). There have also been some terrorist attacks recently. Such elements are a major security threat to Chinese companies working in Pakistan,” said the ambassador. “However we are very grateful that the Pakistani government has adopted very comprehensive security plans for CPEC and the Chinese companies working on these projects.”

“The Strategic Security Division (SSD) has been established and just last year, they opened a new division called Southern Division. We are going to collaborate with law reinforcement department, basically Ministry of Interior and the Police Department”.

Ambassador Jing went on to reveal that China and Pakistan were planning on having more local base stations. This would allow for a greater exchange of experience and collaboration, which would result in the increased capacity building of these forces tasked to secure CPEC projects.

“We are also having some kind of police related capacities in different provinces, as well as jointly monitoring external elements who are detrimental to CPEC. We are also having intelligence cooperation between Pakistan and China”.

Asked whether China and Pakistan were also implementing an intelligence cooperation to counter such nefarious designs against the CPEC projects, Amb Yao Jing said that intelligence corporation is already operational.

Industrial cooperation

Ambassador Yao Jing says that Special Economic Zones (SeZs) were a major part of the industrial cooperation between the two countries, and Rashakai SeZ would be the first success story in this regard.

“Under the industrial cooperation, we identified four areas including the SeZs. For which, we have identified special areas. Initially we could not make progress on SeZs due to involvement of various tiers of the federal and provincial authorities. We needed to have special areas with special tax holiday and other incentives for the investors along with special priorities for the major sectors”.
Asked to elaborate, the envoy said that CPEC cooperation is between the federal governments of Pakistan and China, but the SEZs were in the provinces, which created issues. “This is why it was a little slow. Then various private companies were also involved so it took time to make a breakthrough. But finally we have managed it.” He said Motorway (M-3) is already functional now.

“Better coordination is half the success. So Rashakai could be the first successful story. Gwadar Free Trade Zone has been a major success. There are 22 factories on construction sector in the Free Zone. Six of them have already finished work on port. Pakistan government has given tax-free incentive to it. Free Zone is now booming.”
I think he has a very valid point. Since now we are entering the Second phase of CPEC, and SEZ's are the main focus. If Chinese companies are to be lured into Pakistan for manufacturing as well as for our manufacturers/exporters to make inroads into Chinese market, we need to understand their domestic environment/market, their business model, laws and regulations. And frankly we don't have many experts that know Chinese market.

A dedicated Chinese marketing firm/consultant team will do wonders for our exporters, help them in tailoring their products, as well as guiding them in meeting the standards/quality control/regulations necessary to enter Chinese market, as well as marketing and promotion.
On the other hand if Chinese industries want to relocate to Pakistan, it can serve as a hub where the companies can contact and it can provide them with the information as well as maneuver the legal/beaucratic/governmental processes alongside Pakistani experts. This will greatly help in improving ease of doing business.
 

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Absolutely agree, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, Pakistan and China relationship is built on TRUST, that’s why both countries are going strong relationship wise over the last 50 years picking up Indian jealousy all the way. And trust involves one friend helping another that is what is going on here. Naysayers like to portrait that Pakistan is getting into a trap with China, if it is trap it would have happened YEARS AGO. Unlike the U.S.A disguise in democracy but they are the true toxic of the world, never forget Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and may more!

And do not forget India, they are more like the buzzing flies unfortunately due to their pathetic position in world stage (even though they like to position themselves as the world superpower) never ending annoys you!
 

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Members are advised to commit to sensible contributions.

I removed some posts representing a flamebaiting exchange in this thread.
 

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