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CPEC now a family unit word in Pakistan, says Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani

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  • Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani offered these comments at the sixth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Media Forum.
  • The discussion was mutually coordinated by PCI and CEN in participation with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan.
  • The gathering was additionally tended to by the Railways Minister, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission in addition to Ambassadors of both countries.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, on Monday said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has accomplished critical achievements through joint endeavors of the administrations, undertakings, and individuals of the two nations, focusing on that it has now gotten a “household name” in Pakistan.

Sanjrani offered these comments at the sixth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Media Forum, where he was welcomed as the central visitor.

The gathering was mutually coordinated by the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) and China Economic Net (CEN) in participation with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan.

It was led as a yearly occasion in Beijing and Islamabad in substitute years. Because of COVID-19, the current year’s discussion was held practically and was themed “Post-epidemic China-Pakistan Media Cooperation”.

The gathering was additionally tended to by the railroads serve, delegate director arranging commission in addition to the diplomats of the two nations.

Imperative part of media

Commending on the function of the media, the legislator said that it has assumed a significant part in the dispersal of realities on CPEC which has brought about the passageway turning into an easily recognized name in Pakistan.

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Through occasions like the CPEC media discussion, the two nations get a fantastic occasion to merge the current all-climate fellowship of Pakistan and China, he added, featuring Pakistan’s Medical and good help to Beijing during its battle against the pandemic.

Moreover, he said that the Senate passed a goal that recognized China’s powerful measures to manage Covid and praised their endeavors to make Pakistanis there, essentially understudies in Wuhan, feel comfortable during this crucial time.

It is clear from the narrative “CPEC Cooperation during COVID-19” made by PCI, that CPEC stayed tough in any event, during a worldwide pandemic and advanced ahead, he continued.

He proceeded to add that as CPEC participation continues to a more prominent profundity, the Senate of Pakistan will assume a more noteworthy function in stretching out all conceivable collaboration to the media of the two nations to create more prominent agreement and collaboration on the issues of regular interests.

The tenth JCC on CPEC will be held soon, he reported.

‘Building a positive opinion on CPEC’

Meanwhile, Zheng Qingdong, President and Editor-in-Chief of Economic Daily, and Mustafa Hyder Sayed, Executive Director, Pakistan-China Institute gave the welcome locations.

Highlighting the significance of the CPEC media discussion, Zheng said that since its dispatch, the undertaking has contributed a ton towards building a positive popular assessment.

He said that despite the intricate worldwide climate, the media of China and Pakistan should make joint moves and structure cooperative energies in immovably restricting the negative publicity against CPEC.

Moreover, he shared that the year 2021 will be the 70th commemoration of Pak-China discretionary relations which will be praised with energy and zing in both countries.

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On the other hand, Mustafa Hyder Sayed said that Pakistan-China Institute as a team with China Economic Net dispatched the CPEC media gathering as an online occasion and it is held in Beijing and Islamabad in substitute years.

Last year, Pakistan-China Institute dispatched the Rapid Response Information Network (RRIN) which distinguishes counterfeit news on CPEC and deconstructs them with realities.

Moreover, PCI has likewise dispatched a monograph named “CPEC: Facts Vs Fiction”. Mustafa educated the crowd that the Pakistan-China Institute will distribute “The Governance of China”, Part 2 and Part 3 in Urdu, which are composed by President Xi Jinping.

The first period of CPEC, which zeroed in on energy and foundation ventures, met its effective finish and now the subsequent stage is set to help Pak-China participation in farming and start a time of industrialisation through the foundation of Special Economic Zones, he added.

‘CPEC assumes huge function to advance the inside and out development’

On the event, Chinese diplomat to Pakistan Nong Rong said that as a significant pilot task of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and a showing undertaking of China-Pakistan collaboration, CPEC assumes a critical function to advance the top to bottom improvement of the all-climate vital agreeable association and great development of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Since its origin in 2015, CPEC Media Forum has united the legislatures, business networks, media, think tanks, and different areas of China and Pakistan to zero in on the development of the CPEC.

While remarking on an as of late held gathering of the Joint Working Group on worldwide coordination on CPEC, he said that China would reinforce coordination with the scholarly community and research organizations through CPEC.

Since its dispatch, Pakistan has accomplished productive aftereffects of CPEC collaboration.

After the fruitful fulfillment of CPEC Phase 1, which zeroed in on energy and framework, the subsequent stage would zero in on mechanical collaboration, agribusiness, science, innovation, and improving the jobs of people. 

Moreover, he featured the possibilities of CPFTA-II and said that it would tackle the issue of the exchange lopsidedness among Pakistan and China.

Digital age and media

Pakistan’s minister to China, Moin ul Haq said that in this advanced age, the media is assuming a urgent function in supporting the fellowship and fortitude between the individuals of Pakistan and China.

He said that the media has appropriately guided general society about the genuine centrality of the CPEC venture, which has brought about making a public agreement on the project. 

Moreover, he said that Pakistan is the greatest defender of the Belt and Road Initiative and embraces President Xi’s way of thinking of shared future and success.

He finished up by saying that Pakistan and China need to fortify media participation by screening more movies in China simply like ‘Parwaaz hai Junoon”, which was the first Pakistani film screened in China in the last 45 years.

He said that JWG on International Cooperation was held in Urumqi on December 26 which agreed to broaden CPEC by inviting third country participation.

In this regard, Executive Secretary of the All-China Journalists Association Tian Yuhong said that CPEC is a symbol of attachment between Pakistan and China and even a global pandemic like COVID-19 could not stop the progress of projects under its umbrella.

He said that news exchange and cooperation is an important factor to promote the healthy development of bilateral relations and smooth implementation of CPEC projects.

Under the BRI framework, All-China Journalists Association has established close cooperative relations with several journalist organizations, including the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, All Pakistan Journalists Association, and All Pakistan Newspapers Society.

Moreover, he added that in the face of COVID-19, the common enemy of mankind, the media of China and Pakistan help each other with a common mission

‘Not a single Pakistani working on CPEC sites laid off during pandemic’

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and PakistanChina Institute commended the resilience of CPEC which progressed with full speed and vigor during COVID-19. He said that not a single Pakistani working on CPEC sites was laid off.

Commenting on the recently held meeting on Joint Working Group on international coordination, he said that there will be an increased focus on media and thinktank collaboration to take CPEC forward. The meeting also welcomed third party participation in CPEC.

Moreover, he highlighted three objectives of conducting CPEC media forum. Firstly, it is aimed to promote and strengthen the all-weather strategic partnership between Pakistan and China.

CPEC is part of BRI which is the biggest developmental and diplomatic initiative of the 21st Century. Secondly, it aims to counter the propaganda against CPEC with facts.

This type of media cooperation will create synergies and energize both sides to come up with facts needed to shape positive public opinion on CPEC. Thirdly, it aims to highlight CPEC developments to the media and the general public. In this way, the forum is acting as a ‘Force Multiplier’ in taking this kinship forward.

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Journalists conferred with the ‘CPEC Communication Award’

After the talks, an honor function was held in which seven writers were met with the “CPEC Communication Award”. 

Those seven writers were; Muhammad Asghar, reporter of Associated Press of Pakistan in Beijing; Naveed Hussain, Editor(Print & Digital) Express Tribune; Shafqat Ali, Special journalist of The Nation; Liu Chang, Journalist of China Media Group Pakistan Bureau; Tariq Sumair, Editor of INP; Amir Ghauri, Editor of The News; Sultan Hali, Columnist, essayist, and writer of a book on China.

At the finish of the gathering, there was a far reaching question/answer meeting from the members, which went on for more than 15 minutes. 

The CPEC Media Forum had immense online cooperation of more than 300,000 people in Pakistan and China, including understudies and researchers, writers, and scholastics, strategy creators, think-tanks, and business and assessment leaders.

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