Xinjiang Province Critical Link between Pak-China: Mushahid

Islamabad: Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has welcomed the exchange of high-level visits between Pakistan and China, particularly the on-going visit of President of Pakistan to China and the upcoming visit of the Defence Minister of China to Pakistan, which would solidify the strategic partnership between the two ‘all weather’ friends and neighbours. He was exchanging views with Chinese Vice Minister, Mr. Ai Ping during his visit to the Pakistan-China Institute here in Islamabad.

The senator stressed on the significance of conducting a parliamentary security dialogue between Pakistan and China in the interest of protecting future projects; including Pak-China Economic Corridor and Central Asian Economic Belt. He stated that he, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee, had also made this proposal to Dr. Wang Zhengwei, Vice Chairman CPCC, recommending Kashgar as the venue for the first parliamentary security dialogue since the Xinjiang province is the critical link between the two countries as well as the two mega projects.

Senator Mushahid also emphasized the need to translate bilateral state-to-state relations into equally strong people-to-people relations, a front on which PCI, as the premier think tank on the Pak-China nexus, already playing a key role. Apprising Mr. Ping of the various activities and projects of PCI in augmenting people-to-people contact between Pakistan and China, the Chairman presented the PCI Annual Report 2013 and also highlighted the future projects of the think tank which include the recently launched online Chinese language classes, a program through which students in public sector universities across Pakistan avail a four month course in learning Chinese via video conferencing facility.

Mr. Ai Ping, who is Vice Minister, International Department of Central Committee (CPC), noted that the Institute had endeavoured to enhance all aspects of Pak-China relations, be it state-to-state, or people-to-people. “China strongly believes in extension of bilateral relations in all these areas,” He expressed. “It is important to pass the relations from generation to generation to have long term, sustaining relations.”