ISLAMABAD, (sarzameen news): Ever growing Strategic relations between Pakistan and China were the bedrock of regional peace and stability.
This was stated by Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday during a meeting with Jiang Jianguo, Director, Information Office of the State Council (Minister) of China, who called on her along with a high level delegation.
She said, “Pakistan and China had exemplary friendship which had withstood the vicissitudes of time due to the fact that they were based on mutual trust, deep harmony, love and respect.”
Minister of State said, “The people of both countries were tied together in an eternal connect steeped in emotions of affinity.” She further emphasized that, “The relationship between the two states was deeper than oceans, higher than Himalayas and stronger than steel.”
She added that, “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China’s ‘One belt One Road’ initiative, would bring prosperity to the people of China, Pakistan, South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East.”
“The CEPEC not only entails greater connectivity and trade linkage between Pakistan and China through a network of roads, rail, fibre optic cable, energy pipelines and industrial clusters but will also prove to be a game changer that benefits the entire region,” she said.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said, “Cultural exchanges and people to people contacts were one of the essential ingredients of maintaining and enhancing friendly bilateral ties between the two countries.”
She said, “Various mediums of mass media could be instrumental to promoting and projecting each other’s culture, heritage and values.” She also underscored the need for stronger collaboration in the field of film production and broadcast industry, adding that the films are a very strong medium for strengthening cultural ties between the two friendly states.
The Minister also apprised Jing Jianguo about the recent launch of film club with the Chinese film show ‘Postman in the Mountains’ under the auspicious of Pakistan National Council of Arts and stressed the need for paying more attention to entertainment industry as it was a very powerful tool for global connectivity and outreach to the people at large.
Marriyum Aurangzeb also proposed exchange of cultural troupes and prominent artists on regular basis to strengthen cultural ties saying art and films provide the shortest corridor to the hearts and minds of the people. She acknowledged Chinese assistance in infrastructure and economic development of Pakistan as well as the continuous support for the efforts that latter was making against global terrorism.
Jing Jianguo said, “China enjoyed special relationship with Pakistan and believed that this unique bond would further deepen with every passing day.” Felicitating Pakistan on the eve of its Independence celebrations, he said, “We are really honoured to visit Pakistan on the occasion when it is celebrating its 70th years Independence.”
The distinguished guest further stated that, “CPEC would pave the way to open new vistas of opportunities for the people of the two nations as well as the entire region.” He also acknowledged that Pakistan had taken rapid strides towards higher level of economic growth and also witnessed great improvement in the security situation under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
He stressed the need to further enhance collaboration and cooperation in various areas, mutually beneficial to both the countries and to promote people to people contacts. Jing Jianguo said the launching of the Urdu edition of the book titled ‘Xi JinPing: The Governance of China’ today (Friday) at Prime Minister Office would go a long way in promoting people to people contacts through literary works and publications.
Jing Jianguo on behalf of his Information Office of State Council extended invitation to Marriyum Aurangzeb to visit China. The minister of State accepted the invitation and thanked him for extending it. Sun Weidong, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan was also present on the occasion.
The meeting was attended by Secretary I&B, Principal Information Officer, PID, Islamabad, Chairman PEMRA, Director General, Internal Publicity Wing, MOIB, Director General, DEMP, Director General, External Publicity Wing, MOIB, Director General PNCA and Chairman CBFC.