Islamabad - Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that the government is likely to finalise the Chinese president’s visit schedule and by the next month both Pakistan and China will be able to sign agreements.

He maintained that in spite of cancellation of the Chinese president’s visit due to ongoing sit-ins, the projects with China are still intact. He was addressing the concluding session of the international conference “The Global Strategic Environment in the Post-2014 Era and Pakistan” organised by School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR), Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, And Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).

The dialogue is the only way to move forward and priority of current government is the economic development and peaceful neighbourhood. “We took many concrete steps and the idea was to create a space where states can focus on economic development. Our neighbours are preparing for the third economic revival and we are also looking to solve energy crisis and counter terrorism in order to promote Pakistan’s economy,” he said.

Dr Suba Chandran, director of Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, India, remarked, “India is confused because of tense civil-military relations in Pakistan during the last four months. India is keenly observing the situation and trying to figure out to which extent Nawaz government can be helpful for India.”

There is no larger purpose of competition between the two regional powers, as there is room for strategic collaboration as well. “It is because we don’t define our national interest in collaborative terms. Basic is non-western development and India is also evolving new doctrines to define the strategic environment within the region and outside the region,” he added.

Professor Dr Tahir Amin, Director National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS), Quaid-i-Azam University, in his presentation on Pakistan-Russian Federation relations in the post-Cold War era highlighted the theoretical framework and appropriate patterns of relation and future perspectives of Pak-Russia relations.

Dr Tahir said that Pakistan foreign office should consider academic input into the policymaking but this is high time for Pakistan to open up their Russia option which is necessary to serve Pakistan’s interest in post-2014.

Fazal-ur-Rahman, executive director Pakistan China Council (PCC), highlighted the important relationship between China and Pakistan. He said that new era of bilateral cooperation including economic cooperation has been fostered. “We have been able to constitute several programmes and ministerial committees to enhance greater cooperation. China has been instrumental to encourage Pakistan’s energy sectors. However Pakistan needs to do a lot of homework to pursue all new emerging opportunities in the years to come,” he added.

Dr Wang Weihua, assistant director of Institute for Foreign Policy Studies and Research Fellow of Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, Shanghai, China, spoke about regional issues related to Pakistan’s internal dynamics and its relations with India that are combination of internal and external terrorism, nation building process in Afghanistan and trust deficit among regional countries among Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

Russia-US relations are becoming intense due to Crimea issue. This confrontation will continue in next several years, he said. China-US relations focus on Asia Pacific development and enormous phenomena in next couple of years could be seen.

 The common interest between US and China to forge better relations is to counter the threat of terrorism globally, for example South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East are victim of ISIS and other non-state organisations with radical Islamic interpretations. Development of global public house is another area of interest.

Regarding Pakistan China relations in post-2014, he said that historical momentum will move forward while China and Pakistan are also strategic allies; therefore they would continue to be and Pakistan has always been in priority of China.

Dr Rasul Bakhsh Rais, DG Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI), Islamabad, Dr Maria Sultan, DG South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, Babur Girgin, Ambassador of Turkey in Islamabad, Dr Lubna Abid Ali, Professor SPIR, QAU, Dr Nazir Hussain, Associate Professor, SPIR, QAU, and Dr Mujeeb Afzal, assistant professor SPIR, QAU, also presented their papers.