Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR) hosted an in-house interactive session with delegation from Chinese embassy. Delegation was headed by Mr. Zhao Lijian. IICR’s Chief Executive gave the welcomed remarks and extended her gratitude to Mr. Zhao and Chinese Embassy. Later Mr. Zhao Lijian addressed the audience and shed insight to the CPEC progress. He said that as the second phase of CPEC has started it now focuses on few sectors, the infrastructure and development where he pointed out that the provincial and federal government should introduce subsidizing polices to attract the investors at special economic zones. Mr. Zhao then said that another aspect which is on the check list is development of social sector under which is one of prime aspect of CPEC. He added that under social development Chinese government has launched pilot project for poverty elevation through which significant growth will be seen in the socio-economic fabric of Pakistan. H.E Mr. Zhao expressed that there are also special focus on agriculture on which Chinese government is willing to help Pakistan with its expertise and technology.
Chinese DHM to Pakistan Mr. Zhao also said that CPEC and BRI are inclusive projects and open for all and it welcomes third party participation. He further added that by the end of this month one of the mile stones will be achieved with the completion of power plant at Thar of capacity of 660MW. He also anticipated that another Balochistan power plant will be completed by the end of August of 2019.
Commenting on trade war between Beijing and Washington Mr. Zhao said that China has no intention to engage its potential and energy on any sort of war with the United States despite it wants to normalize the tensions since both have interest in it. He also said that both the countries are interdependent on each other.
Attitude of the United States seems non-serious towards this problem since they are bullying Beijing through its rigid and non-serious attitude, he added.
Session was concluded by the Chairman, Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution Maj.Gen Raza Muhammad. He thanked Mr. Zhao for delivering an interesting and truly comprehensive session, he also said that the people of Pakistan and the government of Pakistan wants to see CPEC successful. He further added that government of Pakistan and people of Pakistan thanks China for its support in difficult times.
Session was then followed by a lunch.