The news: The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) plans to boost the scientific advancement and technology-based farming in Pakistan. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said that an agricultural partnership in CPEC would aid both countries in the development of scientific farming, increasing crop yield, and ensuring food security in the country.
Cultural diplomacy: During a farewell ceremony in honor of the Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan, Yao Jing, the federal minister said that cultural diplomacy will play an influential role in fostering the people-to-people contacts among Pakistanis and the Chinese. It will also aid to enhance the understanding of each other’s values and traditions. He pointed toward the execution of culture-based events in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan which can promote cultural unity. A press release mentioned that Lok Virsa, among other institutions, will also be able to provide the necessary coordination to Chinese cultural troupes. They can work together to encourage cultural outreach in Pakistan. Jing said that China is interested in sending cultural troupes to visit the small cities, villages, and towns in Pakistan. This would create opportunities for common people in the country to appreciate the Chinese cultural flavor.
Development: The farewell meeting was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Information Minister commended Yao Jing’s successful tenure as Ambassador of China to Pakistan and lauded his role and services in the promotion of bilateral relations between Pakistan and China. The two countries have collaborated on large scales where it is mutually beneficial for the citizens. Jing also spoke at the occasion and claimed that Pakistan is a fast emerging economy and that soon the country would be a stable and prosperous economy. The environment for investment in Pakistan has tremendously improved, which has created a multitude of opportunities for growth and development.
70th anniversary: The Chinese Ambassador said that the relationship between China and Pakistan was mutually beneficial and progressing under visionary leadership. He appreciated the efforts by Prime Minister Imran Khan and his vision, which prioritizes the well-being of the general public. He also noted that the year 2021 is going to be the 70th anniversary of the Pak-China relationship. A number of programs, activities, and exchanges are being planned regarding the sharing of culture and media between the two countries. Jing also said that the Chinese side will be sending a group of agricultural experts to Pakistan to look into proposals for the betterment of the agriculture sector. The representatives will also look into strengthening agri-educational institutions that work on the development of skills and vocational training to farmers in Pakistan.