Pakistan and China to expand media cooperation

CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO PAKISTAN NONG RONG CALLS ON FARRUKH HABIB, MINISTER OF STATE FOR INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING IN ISLAMABAD ON JUNE 01, 2021.

Islamabad: Pakistan and Iron Brother China have vowed to expand media cooperation and work jointly on the film industry.

In a meeting between Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong, the two sides agreed that there was a lot of potential in media cooperation.

Farrukh Habib underlined the need for enhanced cooperation and close coordination between the media industries of China and Pakistan, said an official statement.

The minister said both the countries’ official news organizations, including Pakistan Television Cooperation (PTV), Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) and Xinhua had already signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for the purpose, but there was a need to expand the cooperation to film industries.

The Chinese envoy said Pakistani media played an important role in disseminating positive information about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), dispelling propaganda of the countries hostile to the initiative.

He stressed on strengthening business-to-business cooperation between the two countries. “Trade is a good beginning for all kinds of cooperation.”

The minister said CPEC was a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which was crucial to regional connectivity.

He apprised the envoy about the progress made on the Allama Iqbal Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Faisalabad, which, he said, had great potential for the Chinese investors. Necessary infrastructure in economic zone had already been developed, he added.

The minister stressed the need for joint ventures of both the countries’ companies in the textile sector. He expressed pleasure over the extension of CPEC beyond infrastructure development, social and agriculture cooperation.

Farrukh Habib called for city-to-city cooperation, research and collaboration on social protection programmes between China and Pakistan.

During the meeting, both the dignitaries exchanged felicitations on the successful completion of 70 years of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan.

Farrukh Habib said China was an Iron Brother and all-weather friend of Pakistan, which always stood by the latter in difficult times.

“The Karakoram Highway is a testament of our strong friendly relations. The people of Pakistan have very favourable sentiments for China and keep Pakistan-China friendship in high regards,” the minister remarked.

He congratulated Nong Rong on the completion of 100 years of the establishment of Communist Party of China (CPC).

Farrukh Habib appreciated and praised the vision of President Xi Jinping for regional connectivity and promotion of trade.

The world in general and Pakistan in particular could learn from China as to how it successfully brought 700 million people out of poverty, he added.

He extended gratitude to the ambassador for the help extended by China in tackling the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan.

Farrukh Habib lauded quick response of China to the pandemic, which helped save many precious lives.

He said Pakistan’s response to the COVID, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was effective and praised by the World Health Organization (WHO). He extended an invitation to the Chinese envoy to visit his hometown Faisalabad where a lot of CPEC projects were being completed at a fast pace.