CPEC a gift, a project of mutual interest for both Pakistan, China: Zhao Shiren

Lahore – Newly-appointed Consul General of People’s Republic of China in Lahore Zhao Shiren on Wednesday visited offices of The Nation and Nawa-i-Waqt and had a meeting with Managing Director of Nawa-i-Waqt Group Ms Rameeza Majid Nizami.

MD Rameeza Majid Nizami accorded a warm welcome to Chinese Consul General in Lahore and presented flowers to him. She said that Nawa-i-Waqt Group has always played a leading role in promoting the everlasting friendship between Pakistan and China. The courtesy call of Chinese delegation was also attended by Director General Operations Nawa-i-Waqt Group Lt-Col (R) Sayed Ahmad Nadeem Qadri, Special Correspondent Khawar Abbas Sandhu and Attache Chen Bo.

Zhao Shiren said that they were very happy after visiting Nawa-i-Waqt offices. He said that CPEC, an important corridor of Belt and Road Initiative, was not just a gift but a project of mutual interest for both the countries which will bring prosperity to the people of Pakistan. Zhao Shiren said that his focus was on CPEC and its development. Under CPEC, a number of infrastructure projects such as roads, railways and energy projects had been completed. He especially praised Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and said that the government had given them full confidence in the very first meeting. He said that in future, he will be keeping pace with the work on CPEC. He mentioned the tenure of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as the Chief Minister of Punjab and said that work on many projects was completed expeditiously during his tenure. He specifically mentioned the Sahiwal Coal Project.

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On the occasion, MD Rameeza Majid Nizami advanced suggestions to further explore opportunities for mutual cooperation covering areas of mutual interest between the two countries. She said that Pakistan is a big market for newspaper industry and in this regard Chinese companies should come and invest in Pakistan. She also gave suggestions for promotion of Chinese culture and language. She said that Turkish dramas on Pakistani TV screens in recent years have greatly influenced the Pakistani people which has promoted the Turkish culture here. The Pakistani people want to know the Chinese culture and TV screen is the most effective way to introduce the culture of any nation.

Zhao Shiren expressed satisfaction over suggestions given by MD Rameeza Majid Nizami and said that these suggestions were impressive and workable and comprehensive work needed to be done in this regard so that friendship between the two brotherly countries and supportive relationships could be made stronger. Director General Operations Nawa-i-Waqt Group Lt-Col (R) Sayed Ahmad Nadeem Qadri said on the occasion that Nawa-i-Waqt Group had done a remarkable job in introducing the Belt and Road Initiative program to the people of Pakistan. On the occasion, MD Rameeza Majid Nizami presented a commemorative shield to the Consul General of Lahore Zhao Shiren. She also presented a shield and flowers to outgoing Deputy Consul General Peng Zhengwu to honour his services.


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