Despicable attempts to undermine China-Pakistan friendship would not succeed: China

FM Bilawal’s maiden visit demonstrates new Pak Govt’s commitment for bilateral partnership: China

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BEIJING, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Monday said Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s maiden official visit had further demonstrated the new Pakistan Government’s commitment to developing all-weather bilateral strategic partnership.

“I would like to stress here that Foreign Minister Bilawal has made China destination of his first official bilateral visit after assuming the office. This further demonstrates that the new Pakistani Government is committed to developing our all-weather strategic cooperative partnership. China appreciates it,” he said during his regular briefing.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto paid a two-day visit to China at the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and held fruitful talk in a very cordial and friendly atmosphere in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province.

The spokesperson said during the talks, the two sides agreed that friendship between Pakistan and China was rock solid, and solidarity and cooperation between the two nations had become an important source of stability in a turbulent world.

Both side agreed that the terrorist attack targeting Chinese citizens in Pakistan was unacceptable and such despicable attempts to undermine China-Pakistan friendship would not succeed, he added.

Wang Wenbing said the two sides believed cooperation between the two countries enjoyed fruitful results.

“We will deepen our development strategy coordination to release the potential for cooperation and advance China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) development,” he added.

He appreciated Pakistan’s support for the China-proposed Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Security Initiative (GSI).

“We stand ready to work together to focus on developments, deal with security challenges and advance implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and build a community with a shared future for mankind,” he added.

He called on all sides to abide by the principle of mutual respect, equality and win-win cooperation, and oppose cold war mentality and zero-sum game and bloc confrontation.

“State Councilor Wang pointed out the two countries are true friends and good brothers and friendship was cultivated by generations of leadership and is as relevant as ever,” he added.

“We will continue to put Pakistan as a priority in our neighbourhood diplomacy and consolidate our friends and make sure our relationship become a strong stability force in the region and provide more impetus to regional development and revitalization,” he said. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto is on a two-day visit to China at the invitation of Wang Yi and is in Guangzhou, southern Chinese city and also the largest city and capital of China’s Guangdong province.

In a tweet, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian had congratulated Pakistan and China on the 71st anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

Congratulations! May 21 is the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. FM Bilawal will visit China from May 21. This is double happiness, he tweeted on his official account on Saturday.

In his message, Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque said, on 71st anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic ties, we reaffirm to further fortify our iron-clad friendship, strengthen strategic communication, deepen eco engagement and promote people to people exchanges, thus taking the relations to a high pedestal.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s two-day visit to China starting from May 21 also coincided with the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.

On May 21, 1951, Pakistan and China established diplomatic ties. Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize new China and the first Islamic country to enter into diplomatic relations with China. Pertient to mention that, In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology on 20 May, Chinese and Pakistani scholars proposed to set up a CPEC-related digital transformation center.

Researchers from Xian Jiao Tong University, Xi’an, China, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan, Islamia College University, Peshawar, Pakistan, and Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China, concluded in the study that

Pakistan needs to transform CPEC digitalization by setting up CPEC Digitalization

and Transformation Center (DTC) at the CPECA office to attract more investors and businesses.

Pakistan can take advantage of CPEC funding, and Chinese and foreign investments by transparently managing through ICT applications in government, private, and public-private partnerships initiatives, the study stated.

After finalizing the infrastructure component, the second phase of CPEC is attracting investors and technological transformation, and the installation of industrial, technical, and agricultural technologies for the envisioned development of Pakistan, the study explored.

Scholars from Chinese and Pakistani varsities believe that the Digitalization and Transformation Center (DTC) could be benefited from strategic decisions, efficient implementation, system platforms, governing culture, and behavior.

Therefore, DTC is a concept that will synchronize the needs of Pakistan with the current situation. However, Pakistan needs to build its apps and databases with the help of China and other techno experts.

Cooperation and collaboration between partners and government officials should not be underestimated, the study suggested.

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