KARACHI - Area Study Center for Europe, University of Karachi organised a seminar on the topic “A Rising China and Contemporary Europe: Situating South Asia” on Monday at ASCE, University of Karachi. A six-member delegation of Chittagong University, Bangladesh presented their research project funded by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh. The main purpose of this research project is to improve research capabilities of the Political Science Department of the Chittagong University. These views were expressed by Prof Bhuian M Monoar Kabir, the director of the project. “We are here to get the Pakistani views about the rise of China and its impact on South Asia” he said. He emphasised the point that India and Pakistan should keep aside the disputed issues and learn from China’s strategy of non-intervention and peaceful relations with its neighbours. “We should take advantage of Chinese advancement in different fields and make use of it for the betterment of our region, if we want to become prosperous and economically developed than we have to move forward” he added.  Ms. Munazza Kazmi, Senior Research Fellow, Area Study Center For Europe (ASCE) described the Sino-Europe relations and how China is helping Europe for coping with this current Euro crisis. She said that Chinese are now taking advantage in identifying investment opportunities in Europe. Senior Research Fellow, ASCE, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad, threw light on the historic Sino-Pak relations and how this relationship developed after the deterioration of Sino-Indian relationship. Discussing about cooperation of China, he said there is no example of any other Asian country which has armed the other country with such consistency and for such a long period of time as China armed Pakistan. While discussing China as rising power, he also discussed and gave examples of the ethnic, religious and other fault lines present in China.Prof Anwara Begum, lead researcher of the project, delivered well articulated and interactive presentation. While describing state of Sino-Europe relations, she mentioned that China has always been interested in Europe. It has more research centres to study Europe than USA. She further said that Europe is knowledge-based economy and China is trying to become one, that’s why China wanted to have good relations with Europe. “The Chinese scholars are in favour of helping European economy as it is a big market for them. And if the purchasing power of EU citizens fall down, it will affect Chinese economy as well, she added. She further said that China wanted a multi-polar financial world. In this regard China has signed currency agreements with different countries and also supported immensely Greece, Portugal and other EU member states in order to create economic balance between the US, Europe and China. She emphasised that China should play positive but a moderate role in bringing out Europe from current economic crisis.  Director of ASCE, Prof Dr Moonis Ahmar appreciated the ideas illustrated by the presenters and emphasised there are several myths about the rise of China and China becoming Super power. “China has a long way to go to match the level of development like US and Europe have done. Super Power is not only about having billions of dollars of foreign exchange reserves, its means also quality of life of common people and human development, he said. He also mentioned that China has many challenges in terms of innovation, rural-urban gap and class difference, which it needs to address on immediate basis. He further dismissed the idea that Europe is declining and China is rising. Prof Ahmar concluded his speech by raising a question, “What will be the alternate if West/Europe collapse, who will fill the vacuum? As for China, it has still a long way to go”.The seminar ended at the questions of audience to the speakers who responded with the answers.