KARACHI -  A delegation of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) visited China on a week-long tour.

A statement here on Monday said that the delegation went to the Chinese capital Beijing, as well as Uyrumqi, capital of the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang.

China Economic Network, a subsidiary of the Economic Daily Group, hosted the CPNE delegation.

The network has a strong presence on the internet, available in both English and Chinese, with audio and video material of State Council Information office.

Director General Zhang Ye also briefed the delegation on the past month’s 19th People’s Congress meeting and also the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s plans for the region’s peace and stability.

The delegation was also briefed about Chinese Communist Party’s drive to tackle the menace of corruption and bribery.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Asian Division’s Director Chen Feng also briefed the delegation about China’s stance on all pressing regional and international issues.

He also shed light on all the recent developments with regard to the One Belt One Road project, especially the steps to ensure CPEC a success story at a global scale.

The delegation was also informed about the promotion of Urdu literature and art at the Beijing’s Peking University by the Head of Department of Ethnicity Tang Ming.

Pakistan Ambassador to China Masood Khalid hosted a dinner for the delegation.

He informed that at last month’s 19th Chinese Communist Party’s meeting President Xi Jinping had been re-elected as President for the next five years. He was the catalyst in the crackdown against corruption. He also disclosed that the Chinese had been planning the One Belt One Road project for the last 20 years, but Pakistan must act now to make that idea into a reality, by taking all the necessary steps.

He also said that since Chairman Mao, the current President Xi Jinping had emerged as China’s strongest leader.

Ghayrat Salief, Deputy Director Information Officer of Uyrumqi, capital of Xinjiang province, told the delegation that Xinjiang had the area three times that of Pakistan with a high yield of wheat cultivation.

Wheat is being exported to neighbouring countries of Uzbekistan and Pakistan. He also highlighted working of the textile industry and textile-related projects in the province.

The delegation also toured windmill manufacturing factory named Gold Wind, which stands third in the global ranking for windmill energy.

The delegation also had a tour of bullet-train manufacturing plant called Railway Heavy Industries Complex (CRCC).

Members of the delegation observed the different phases involved in the making of bullet trains.

The delegation also toured a heavy-machinery manufacturing plant. The last part of the tour involved delegation’s visit to Uyrmqi Dry Port from where cargo trains connect China with Europe.

The delegation was also told about the transit mechanism involved in the trade of goods.

CPNE delegation was led by Senior Vice-President Shaheen Qureshi and included Secretary General AijazulHaq, Senior Editors Arif Nizami, Imtiaz Alam, Dr Jabbar Khattak, Rehmat Ali Raazi, Mushtaq Ahmed Qureshi, Siddiq Baloch, Ghulam Nabi Chandio, Kazam Khan, Abdur Rahman Mangrio, Waseem Ahmed, Abdul Khaliq Ali, Muhammad Aslam Khan and Ahmed Iqbal Baloch as its other members.