With the new sobriquet, as suggested by the Chinese people in near past, we the two ‘Ironbrothers’ (Pakistan & China)have been successful in emerging on many horizons as the most tried and trusted friends. Now, it’s high time that the two Asian countries work more closely as the economic partners.It may be recalled here that the President of Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping had also used the same term for Pakistan, while addressing the joint session of the national parliament on 21st April 2015. He stated that he remembered the time when China was completely isolated in the world. ‘Pakistan was the country that stood by us in testing times’. The same zeal has continued to bring the two nations closer to the most dynamic economic vision of ‘One belt-One road’, more elaborately known as CPEC. That very background paved the way for the Roundtable Conference on the role of P.R China as the Peacemaker.

101 Friends of China, an active think-tank, founded by veteran journalist, late Zahid Malik &the Daily Pakistan Observer held Roundtable Conference (RTC) on the theme of China-The Peacemaker, here on 27th September 2017 in a local hotel. Governor Sindh Mr. Muhammad Zubair and the Consul General of China in Karachi, H.E. Wang Yu had graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour, respectively, while prominent dignitaries from the fields of Commerce, Finance, Education and Journalism were invited to share their views and experiences on the core topic.

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Speaking on the auspicious day, the Chief Guest Mr. Muhammad Zubair expressed his views extemporarily and quite frankly in Minglish, but, he was very up to mark, focusing on the pros and cons of the Pak-China economic partnership and the little progress, made here during recent years. He had nullified the impression that Pakistan was undergoing fragile economic phase which needed to be considered more efficiently.

H.E. Wang Yu, the Chinese Consul General in Karachi delivered a thought-provoking speech on the significance of CPEC sighting it as the key to greater economic and social ties between the two neighbouring states. He highlighted the strategic pertinence of the revolutionary economic plan, with the related facts and figures.

Addressing the select audience, Mirza Shahnwaz Agha, Declarant Live Rostrum News Agency and a Founding member of 101 Friends of China said the friendship between China and Pakistan is interdependent for bilateral validity which leans heavily on economic objectives that keep us as friends. While global politics in this day and age is based on hard core economic objectives, economics is based on its first law which declares it as ‘Secular’! It is incumbent upon both these friendly countries to keep their economic criteria, evenly balanced.

Mirza Shahnwaz Agha was of the view that the biggest service 101 Friends of China could do for cementing the bonds between Pakistan and China was to address the protection of Chinese investment in Pakistan on the one hand and the industrialization of Pakistan in tandem, such that our natural resources come to the aid of our human resource, dislodging the status quo of poverty.

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Other distinguished speakers of the RTC organized by 101 Friends of China & Pakistan Observer included the well-known analyst Dr. Huma Baqai, Former Ambassador Shahid Amin,Mr. Sirajuddin Aziz, President Habib Metropolitan Bank, Mr. Arif Habib, Chairman Arif Habib Group, Mr. S.M. Muneer, Chairman Din Group, Mr. Tahir Rizvi, CEO-One Apple and veteran parliamentarian, Dr. Farooque Sattar.

Prominent guests included the Consul General of France H.E Francois Dollarso, the Consul General of Bangladesh, H.E Noor e Helal Saifur Rehman, Consul General of Korea, H.E Mr Kim Donggi and the Deputy Head of Iranian Consulate, besides some other luminaries of various walks of life.

Earlier, Mr. Faisal Zahid Malik, the Vice Chairman of 101 Friends of China had presented the welcome address, briefing the audience about the overall achievements of the think-tank and the newspaper, headed by him as Editor-in-chief.

While extending his gratitude to the speakers and the guests, Gen. Retd.  Ehsan Ul Haq, Chairman 101 Friends of China shared his sweet memories of his maiden tour and stay in China, as a young army captain. He had also paid glowing tribute to the founder of the think-tank, Zahid Malik, his friend and a devoted activist for the economic prosperity of the country.

Here I would like to remind you of a somewhat poetic prophesy of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who had once forecast that a day would come when China would emerge as a developed and a great country. So, the poets and the littérateurs well might rethink on the vision of CPEC, utilizing their pen for the global peace and prosperity of the planet.

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Sohail Ahmed Siddiqui

Poet, Writer, Journalist, Broadcaster and TV Host
Sohail Ahmed Siddiqui had served various organisations in different fields. He has got approximately 700 published writings (Urdu/English) and a few books to his credit. Currently, he is the Chief Editor, Live Rostrum.

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