Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman of PCI and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, talking about China’s peaceful rise, said on Saturday that there was a shift in the global economic and political power from the West to the East, and China’s peaceful rise and amazing development is an important inspiration for developing countries.

He expressed these views while speaking at a media forum jointly organized by the China Economic Net (CEN) and the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI), in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy.

The purpose of the forum was to disseminate factual information on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and also to devise a joint Pakistan-China strategy to counter negative perceptions that are generated by vested interests and detractors in the region. A 12-member delegation took part in the event, led by Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman PCI and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

He further said, The One Belt, One Road is opening the door to a new world with CPEC as its success story since it is the flagship & pilot project of the BRI.

Gwadar Port, the centrepiece of CPEC, is now a very active functional port and it is opening up the entire region, not just Pakistan.”

He also lauded CPEC’s role, as an ‘irreversible, mutually beneficial strategic project which has national consensus’ in Pakistan’s economic growth rate, saying the highest 5.8% growth rate in a decade is attributable to CPEC, plus the Western route has connected Quetta to Gwadar with an 8-hour road journey.

Pakistan’s chronic energy crisis has been controlled, with an additional nearly 10,000 megawatts of electricity since the launch of CPEC, and in Thar, coal is being mined and turned into electricity.

The Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khalid gave his opening remarks, where he talked about the stance of the new government on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), after the conclusion of the Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China. “During the visit of the PM to China, there are four very important achievements.

Both countries have expressed satisfaction with progress of CPEC, both sides are committed to agree to complete the ongoing projects of CPEC, as well as create employment, enhance people’s welfare and promote industrial development.

The ambassador also emphasized the role of media in disseminating accurate information on CPEC and said that there should be more media interaction between the two countries. “We need to guard BRI and CPEC against the growing negativity of its detractors.”

Addressing the session on “The Way Forward”, Mustafa Hyder Sayed, Executive Director, Pakistan-China Institute, termed the CPEC Media Forum as a ‘shining example of Pakistan-China Media Cooperation’.