Media has played a key role in promoting CPEC: Jing

ISLAMABAD: The Media in Pakistan has played an invaluable role in promoting the CPEC. As a result of the Media, the understanding of CPEC and Pakistan-China relations has increased manifold. These were the remarks of H.E Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, during his keynote address in a Seminar on “Role of Media in Promoting CPEC” organised by Centre for Belt and Road Initiative and China Studies-Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) in collaboration with the External Services, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) Wednesday.
Ambassador further said that media is contributing to the advancement and promotion of CPEC by dissemination truth to the public. CPEC is aimed to upgrade Pakistan’s society, alleviate pecuniary and other socio-economic malaise. The fundamental purpose of media is to safeguard the national interest of a state. Thereby, the promotion of CPEC is in the best interest of Pakistan that is a win-win situation for both countries.
In her introductory remarks, Farhat Asif, President of the IPDS said that over the years, media has played a significant role to advance CPEC project in Pakistan and articulate its efficacy to the citizens and explained about hosting such an important discussion.
Ms. Shaheera Shahid, Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation has acknowledged the optimistic role of media in the promotion and advancement of CPEC. It is dispensable to counter the negative propaganda aimed at undermining the success of the project and bilateral ties. The role played by the media is positive and vibrant in this regard. Benefits of CPEC will reach the grass-root level and would benefit Pakistan’s populace.
Tang Tianru, Anchor of CPEC Time PTV said that CPEC is the flagship project of BRI. It has been observed that negative propaganda is promoted to avert this mega-project. It has brought socio-economic opportunities in Pakistan and has alleviated poverty. CPEC Time is a television program that is entirely devoted to CPEC and has over 120 million viewership in Pakistan.
Sultan M. Hali, former PAF officer, and current defense analyst at PTV acknowledged the Pak-China friendship and their long-standing partnership in different realms such as economy, defense. He further said that the fourth-generation hybrid warfare is trying to destabilize the bilateral ties and the media is playing an indispensable role to aware the general citizenry of Pakistan. He urged that the media practitioners must seek truth and discern fake news that is being propagated by the foes.
Outgoing DCM Zhao Lijiang, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China also was present along with from other large numbers of Ambassadors, Diplomats, Academicians, Students, Faculty members, Journalists and member of the civil society organizations.
NNI adds: Meanwhile, talking to state-run Radio Pakistan in Islamabad Wednesday, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing said China has opposed unilateral change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir by India.
He said, Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory; and in this regard, there are UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India.
The Ambassador said the international regime and international norms about the issue should be respected.
He hoped that Pakistan and India will adopt a responsible way for the sake of peace and stability and the people of Kashmir. He said this will be good for the whole region.
To a question about China’s role on the issue at the UN Security Council, the Chinese Ambassador said China is a permanent member of the UNSC, and we have special responsibility for peace and stability.
Earlier, addressing a seminar on “Role of Media in Promoting CPEC,” at National Broadcasting House Islamabad, the Chinese Ambassador said Pakistan and China are standing together in upholding justice and safeguarding the international norms and international laws.
He said peace and stability in this region is the stake for all the members of this region.
The Ambassador said Pakistan and China as well as other regional countries have a shared responsibility in maintaining, safeguarding and promoting peace and stability.
Yao Jing said it is more and more important for the international community to respect international regimes and international norms.
He said the United Nations should have been respected. He said international laws should have been followed. We do not want to see that some countries are doing business according to their own wills.

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