Work on CPEC second phase going on speedily: Bijian

Shabbar Naqvi

KARACHI: Li Bijian, Consul General of China at Karachi who assumed the charge just 3 weeks before graced the occasion of 75th meeting of Karachi Editors Club which was arranged in his honour at Beach Luxury Hotel Monday evening. Syed Sarmad Ali Secretary General of All Pakistan Newspapers Society was the guest of honour on this occasion. Li Bijian was dressed in Shawar-Qameez & Waist Coat on this occasion.
Addressing the KEC meeting Chinese CG highlighted the amazing program for the regional development & Connectivity “Belt & Road” and its flagship project China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Zhang Zhaokun, Attache, Zhang Lin, Third Secretary, Zhang Hao, Third Secretary, Qin Xuqian Attache of Chinese Consulate, Karachi also accompanied the CG in the meeting.
Li Bijian said CPEC has been entered in its 2nd phase on work is going on speedily. He mentioned his recent visit to Gwadar and informed that Gwadar port has also been partially functioning. He said development of Gwadar airport, Special Economic Zone, power plants, distillation plant for sweet water from the sea and various other developments are going on fast track. He said in a year or two Pakistanis will sea amazing developments at Gwadar.
He said under the CPEC various energy projects have been completed and some will soon be completed after the energy shortage Pakistani industrialists and public will be enjoying fruits of economic developments. He said only those who are enemy of developments in Pakistan opposing CPEC project. He also offered to arrange a visit of journalist to wetness developments and progress at Gwadar and Port Qasim plant which is producing 3000 megawatt electricity without any pollution.
He assured in the response of the addresses made by President KEC Mubasher Mir, Secretary General Manzar Naqvi and Sarmad Ali Secretary General APNS that during the current year visit of KEC members to China will be arranged in connection with people to people contact likewise Chinese journalist will be visiting Pakistan.
He said proposal of Pak-China Media Corridor (PCMC) is the workable idea and KEC should furnish a detailed plan to establish the PCMC. He also pledged his support to KEC to organize Birth Anniversary of the Amazing Leader of China Xi Jinping on June 15, Seminar on the anniversary of Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 1st followed by Pak-China Friendship Awards, Birth Anniversary of Mao Zedong of December 26th every year.
Syed Sarmad Ali, Secretary General APNS and Managing Director of Jang Group appreciated the Belt & and Road and its flagship project CPEC he discussed on the benefits of CPEC for Pakistan at length. He informed that he has been visited China 8 times and impressed by the developments in China.
He also informed to CG in connection with to enhance people to people contacts between the two countries his newspaper is publishing dedicated pages in Chinese language and also publish China Daily magazine likewise Chinese media also publishing Daily The News pages.
Mubasher Mir President KEC in his welcome address informed that has been written an article recently on the desired role of China for this region which was published in The Financial Daily. He said historically we all know that after World War-II all major wars like Korea (North & South), Vietnam, (North & South), India-China 1962, Pak-India 1965. Pak-India 1971, Arab-Israel 1967, Afghanistan-Russia, Iraq-Iran, Gulf war against Iraq, Iraq-Kuwait conflict, war against terrorism in Afghanistan ,China-Taiwan, were fought almost in Asia. Right now the world’s major conflicts and proxy wars are witnessed in Asia as well like Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Myanmar, Iran-Arab,Yemen, Syria, Turkey-Cyprus and Kurdistan issue belong to Asia also.
Mubasher also informed CG that KEC in 2017 in association with Sahafi Welfare Association Karachi organized the seminar of Rhythm of CPEC, now this year he will again plan this seminar to discuss progress on the CPEC in connection with 5th signing ceremony of CPEC on April 20, 2020.
Manzar Naqvi, Secretary General KEC said that he has experienced during the month after the joining of Li Bijian as CG, China at Karachi, that communication gap has been removed with Chinese Consulate due to prompt & immediate replies from the Excellency on every matter.
He hoped during the tenure of Excellency Li Bijan that Pak-China relations will be strengthened more and will be reaching on the next level very soon.
Establishment of Karachi Editors Club was announced on May 3, 2017 in connection with World Press Freedom Day and started to get registration process, formally on November 27th 2017. KEC was registered under Societies Registration Act 1860. He said KEC held above 50 notable crowded activities from May 2017 to December 2019 towards having discussion on important issues as a Think Tank.
Kazi Asad Abid, Javed Mehr Shamsi, Naeemuddin, Masood Zaidi, Syed Ibne Hassan, Mukhtar Ahmed Butt , Khursheed Haider, Fizzah Shakil, Agha Masood, Najamuddin Shaikh, Habib Ullah Khan Ghauri ,Muhammad Taqi Alvi, Haseena Jataoi, Muhammad Ilyas Kamboh also interacted in the meeting.
After the meeting KEC memento was presented to Li Bijian by the KEC and Manzar Naqvi presented his book ‘Amazing China’ to the CG and Secretary General APNS. KEC also celebrated birthday of Senior Vice President Mukhtar Aqil by cutting a cake along with CG China. On this occasion on behalf of The Financial Daily Li Bijian presented 2nd Food Excellence Awards 2019 to the Beach Luxury Hotel & Avari Hotel. After the distributions of mementos, Beach Luxury Hotel hosted a dinner in honour of Li Bijian which was attended by KEC members & elite of the city. Fizzah Shakil conducted the ceremony beautifully.

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