ISLAMABAD -

China has a dream and the dream will be translated into reality when we will complete the process of modernising our country by the mid of this century, said Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian.

He stated this while addressing the prize distribution ceremony of the 12th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students, which was arranged by Confucius Institute Islamabad and Embassy of the People's Republic of China here at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Tuesday.

Liu said, "This is the dream of every citizen of China and everyone of us making one's best possible efforts for achieving this dream. We also have a dream about Pakistan and we are going to merge both the dreams. Under this dream we are working jointly for the economic, commercial, cultural development as well as peaceful coexistence in this region." He said that this Chinese Bridge competition is a bridge between China and Pakistan and will help the people of both the nations understand an enriched cultural, social, literary and academic heritage of the host society.

Liu told the students that good grasp and understanding of Chinese language will open you a new window of opportunities. Besides all this, Pakistan and China cooperated with each other in all critical and testing moments to demonstrate the world that Pak-China friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than the oceans, he added.

Earlier to this, speaking on the occasion, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Pak-China Institute, said that the model of Pak-China friendship is unique in the world in a sense that both countries are different in size, population, culture and even in belief but still their friendship is exemplified. It is exemplified because they developed their relations on certain principles.

Mushahid said that Chinese dream is a dream of economic stability, peaceful coexistence and strategic harmony where no one is high lord or no body is underdog. Efforts of NUML and Confucius institute in promoting relations in the field of language and culture are admirable, he added.

Moreover, speaking at the occasion, Rector NUML Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan said, "The aim of this competition is to arouse enthusiasm of students in various countries in learning Chinese and strengthen the understanding of Chinese Language and Culture. We understand that by holding such kinds of international activities, it not only exposes our students to Chinese culture and language but also enhances in them the good will for Chinese people."