China pledges to strengthen economic, trade, investment cooperation with Pakistan: Zhao Lijian

China ready to assist Pakistan in diagnosis, treatment of hepatic cystic echinococcosis


BEIJING: China is ready to further strengthen economic, trade and investment cooperation with Pakistan to achieve mutually beneficial results and common development, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday.

We are ready to continuously strengthen economic trade and investment cooperation with Pakistani side and to achieve mutually beneficial results and common development, he said during his regular briefing while responding to remarks of federal minister for Board of Investment (BOI) regarding Chinese investment in Pakistan.

The minister in an interview with the Chinese media noted that Chinese investments had increased ever since the new government took over in April.

We have noted the relevant reports and we appreciate the remarks of the Pakistani side, Zhao Lijian said.

The spokesperson said that China and Pakistan were all whether strategic cooperative partners, adding, We have broad and in-depth cooperation across the board.

The federal minister for board and investment during his interview said that the government of Pakistan will announce more facilities for the Chinese investors in the coming days to further cement the longstanding friendship.

We (the government) have a policy of facilitating investors and for China we have a special regard. In days to come, we will announce more facilities for the Chinese investors who are generously investing in Pakistan, the remarked while speaking to Gwadar Pro.

The minister maintained that his recent meetings with Chinese investors were very positive and he was optimistic about the massive investments coming from the Iron Brother. Further adding to this, We are willing to assist Pakistan in diagnosis and treatment of hepatic cystic echinococcosis (HCE), said Peng Xinyu, a top expert from the First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China.

HCE is a highly endemic and neglected global disease. Its clinical treatment is very complex. Though surgery plays a vital role in its treatment, the high recurrence and residual cavity complications bother both the doctors and the patients, CEN reported.

Nearly four decades of dedication to HCE enables Peng and his teammates to handle this challenge with a disruptive method. They have managed to develop a radical procedure, called Sub-adventitia Closed Total Cystectomy. It consists of cyst resection along a cleavage plane between the inner layer of the host’s reaction facing towards the parasite and the outer layer, or adventitia, described by Peng and co-workers.

The Sub-adventitia Closed Total Cystectomy can limit the damage to liver parenchyma when dissecting around the cyst and allow safer removal of the cyst. So our operation can not only minimize surgery’s damage to liver, but also significantly decrease recurrence and postoperative complications, said Peng. This is a medical advantage in the world.

Peng’s operation has been adopted by the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE) as diagnosis and treatment guideline. As a parasitic disease, HEC also seriously affects human health in Pakistan. The poor public awareness of hygiene practices increases the risk of transmission of the disease.

China and Pakistan, as all-weather strategic cooperative partners and iron brothers, have a lot to cooperate in HCE, including academic communications and exchanges of visiting scholars, said Peng. Peng walks the talk by himself by empowering Pakistanis. Peng, also a professor of Shihezi University, has been to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences for academic exchanges.

Peng has promoted this sub-adventitial total cystectomy to Pakistan’s medical commission to improve their diagnosis and treatment level of HCE. Peng was invited to make a live academic lecture in ATV of Pakistan, aiming to introduce his experience on HEC and benefit Pakistani sisters and brothers. The Pakistani physician said Peng’s operation was good enough. Peng and his team also have established a HEC database and a platform for its research, in order to enhance the communication and cooperation of HEC in the world.

“The hydatid diagnosis and treatment team of Shihezi University has the advanced treatment technology of world class and demonstrate how to overcome the world’s difficult problems of hydatid surgery,” said Xu Yixuan, honorary vice president of China Charity Federation and initiator of echinococcosis relief action.

Human HCE is an endemic and neglected global disease, which surfaces mainly in pastoral communities, particularly in regions of China and Pakistan, China and Pakistan, South America, the Near and Middle East and East Africa.

Pakistan’s export of rice to China crossed $277.56 million in the first five months of Financial Year 2021-2022, up 9.73 percent year-on-year bases. Pakistan remained one of the major broken rice suppliers to China, according to the official data from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC).

Badar uz Zaman, Commercial Counselor of the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing, said that currently broken rice, especially IRRI-6, IRRI-9, and semi or wholly milled rice were the main varieties of rice exported to China while Basmati and other top varieties still need to work hard to capture the Chinese market.

“Last year, China imported 973,000 tons of rice worth $437 million from Pakistan. Seven new Pakistan rice exporters have been added to the approved list, which has risen to 53 in 2021. China relaxed import restrictions on Pakistani rice which helped rice export to China”, Badar mentioned. He believes that within a few years Pakistan will become the largest rice exporter to China.

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