FAISALABAD - Pakistan and China are bound in time-tested and deep-rooted ties that will be further cemented with cultural exchange program and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

It was stated by University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar while addressing the Confucius Institute Headquarter worldwide touring performance held at Iqbal Auditorium UAF in which South Central University for Nationalities, China students presented Chinese cultural performance.

Speaking to the audience, the VC pointed out that Pakistan-China friendship is deeper than sea and higher than mountain. He said due to Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, the distance between Eastern Europe and western China will be reduced by 9,535 miles that will save time and cost of transportation. He said that owing to CPEC, Pakistani economy is expected to boost Gross Domestic Product growth beyond six percent.

Talking about the impact of $46 billion Chinese direct investment on the economy, the UAF VC said that it will help in alleviating poverty, improving food security, generate employment and infrastructural development.

About social aspect of the CPEC, Dr Iqbal Zafar said that it will provide a positive change in the social set ups especially of Balochistan by providing infrastructure and equal opportunities, educational improvement and social status uplift.  He said that both sides have agreed upon starting work on Pakistan-China Agriculture demonstration zone that will bring prosperity in the agriculture sector. He said for better understanding, friendship and development between China and other countries, Confucius Institute was launched 13 years ago with its Headquarter in Beijing. Today there are 1,600 institutes and Confucius classes in the more than 140 countries.

CI Vice Chairman Dr Ashfaq Ahmad said that CPEC is a marvellous step that will bring prosperity in the region. He said that both countries people consider themselves brother. He said Confucius Institute established at UAF had produced many people who have learned the Chinese language.  Dean CI Yang Zhijiang also spoke.