ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong
Rong called on Mian Farrukh Habib, Minister of State for Information
and Broadcasting in his office on Tuesday.
They exchanged felicitations on the successful completion of 70 years
of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. Minister of State
told the Ambassador that China is iron brother and all weather friend
of Pakistan which always stood by Pakistan in difficult times.
Karakoram Highway is a testament of our strong friendly relations.
People of Pakistan have very favorable sentiments for China and keep
Pakistan, China friendship in high regards. Farrukh Habib also
congratulated Nong Rong on the completion of 100 years of the
establishment of Communist Party of China (CPC). He also thanked the
ambassador for the Chinese help to Pakistan in wake of Covid
Pandemic and on the provision of vaccine.
Farrukh Habib praised Chinese quick response to Covid which saved
many precious lives. He further said that Pakistan’s response to Covid,
under the leadership of Imran Khan, was effective and was also
praised by WHO. The State Minister said that BRI is a great initiative of
regional connectivity of which CPEC is a flagship project.
Farrukh Habib apprised Nong Rong about the Allama Iqbal Special
Economic Zones in Faisalabad and said that the special economic zone
has great potential for Chinese investment. Necessary infrastructure in
Allama Iqbal Special economic zone has already been developed, he
told further. The minister of State also called for the need for Pakistani
and Chinese companies to undertake Joint Ventures in textile sector.
Farrukh Habib also highlighted the need for city to city cooperation,
research and cooperation on social protection programs between China
and Pakistan. The world in large and Pakistan in particular can learn a
great deal from China on how it successfully brought 700 million
people out of poverty. The Minister of State expressed pleasure over
the extension of CPEC beyond infrastructure development to social and
agriculture cooperation. The Minister of State emphasized the need for
cooperation and close coordination between Pakistan and Chinese
Media Industries. There are already MoUs signed between PTV and
CCTV, APP and Xinhua. Both countries need to extend the cooperation
to film industry, the State Minister further said.
The Chinese Ambassador said that Pakistani media has played an
important role to disseminate information regarding CPEC, dispelling
propaganda from countries hostile to CPEC. Chinese ambassador also
emphasized on strengthening B2B cooperation and said that trade is a
good beginning for all kinds of cooperation.
Minister of State Farrukh Habib appreciated and praised the vision of
President Xi Jinping for regional connectivity and promotion of trade.
He also extended an invitation to Nong Rong to visit Faisalabad.