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PU: lecture on Sino-Pak relationship
PU: lecture on Sino-Pak relationship

LAHORE: (Wednesday, January 6, 2021): To celebrate the 70th Year of China Pakistan Diplomatic Relations, A lecture was arranged under South Asian Lecture series by Centre for South Asian Studies, Institute of Global Studies College of Liberal Arts Shanghai University, China. Dr Amjad Abbas Khan Magsi Assistant Professor Pakistan Study Centre University of the Punjab delivered the lecture on "Seven Decades of Sino-Pak Relations; A Flourishing Friendship". He presented the historical background spanning on seven decades of the solid foundations of the mutual friendship. The relationships have been established on the basis of mutual trust, cooperation and harmony. The relationships are unique in the International Relations, as without having common language, culture, political system, they gave succeeded to establish the ever flourishing relationship which started from diplomatic relationships to "Iron Brothers" it is the finest example of Strategic Relations. In International Relations, there are no permanent friends and no permanent foes, rather it is the "National Interest "which is the basis of relationship between the nations. On the contrary, Sino Pakistan Relationship has been proved time tested and "All Weather Friendship". It has been continuously growing upward despite change of governments on both sides. Both have succeeded to cultivate deep rooted relationship between State to State" and Nation to Nation on both sides. The Sino Pak friendship is multi dimensional ranging from diplomatic to defense and to vibrant economic ties. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor being the flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative speaks volumes of the strength of the mutual friendship. Dr. Magsi underscored the need to further broaden the basis of friendship to enhance the people to people relationship. He opined that by focusing more on cultural relationships especially the art and literature is need of the hour. Both the friends with very rich traditions in art and literature have vast potential to further and widen the foundations of the lasting friendship. Similarly Pakistan offers huge potential in tourism particularly in religious tourism which can be of higher value for the visiting Chinese tourists. China has established its worldwide recognition in "Poverty Alleviation" by bringing millions of its population out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Dr. Magsi was of the view that by enhancing mutual cooperation in the fields of Agriculture, the overall economic growth can be achieved alongside breaking the shackles of poverty as more than 20 percent of Pakistan's GDP is contributed from Agriculture. And majority of Pakistan's population is linked with Agriculture directly or indirectly. Similarly under the second phase of CPEC, establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) with relocation of industries from China has a vast potential for the job creation and economic activity in Pakistan. Leadership of both the countries is determined to reach new heights of mutual friendship for the good of the people of both the countries as well as for the region on the basis of shared benefits. At the end the lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session.