By Ambassador Jiang Zaidong
This 12 months marks the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Highway Initiative (BRI), and China’s neighborhood coverage of amity, sincerity, mutual profit and inclusiveness — each proposed by President Xi Jinping. It additionally marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of the China-Pakistan Financial Hall (CPEC). On this context, being appointed because the Chinese language Ambassador to Pakistan, I’m totally conscious of the fantastic mission with heavy duty.
Not way back, I flew over the majestic Karakoram and arrived in Pakistan, a pleasant nation what we name “iron brother” in China. Even inside this quick keep, I’ve already felt the China-Pakistan friendship that’s mentioned to be “larger than mountains, deeper than ocean, and sweeter than honey”.
China and Pakistan are linked by mountains and rivers, and have loved ever-lasting friendship. In the course of the previous 72 years because the institution of diplomatic ties, irrespective of how the worldwide scenario might change, China-Pakistan have at all times stood aspect by aspect in weal and woe. The 2 international locations have rendered one another mutual understanding and mutual help, and cast an ironclad friendship.
In April 2015, Chinese language President Xi Jinping paid a historic state go to to Pakistan, throughout which the 2 sides elevated China-Pakistan bilateral relations to all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, opening up a brand new chapter within the improvement of bilateral ties. Since then, President Xi Jinping has met with Pakistani leaders many instances and either side have reached necessary consensus, which supplies the elemental ideas and motion pointers for the event of bilateral relations. China-Pakistan relations have maintained a excessive stage of operation and are filled with vigor and vitality.
Either side have maintained shut high-level exchanges. Not way back, President Xi Jinping despatched a message of congratulations to the tenth anniversary of the CPEC, and dispatched his Particular Consultant, Vice Premier of the State Council of China Mr. He Lifeng to go to Pakistan for the celebration. It totally demonstrates the nice significance hooked up to China-Pakistan relations by our leaders.
The International Improvement Initiative, International Safety Initiative and International Civilization Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping have obtained optimistic response in Pakistan. The sturdy steering of the leaders has set the course for the event of China-Pakistan relations and steer the way in which forging forward.
China-Pakistan sensible cooperation has achieved fruitful outcomes. The financial and commerce cooperation maintains excessive stage. China has been Pakistan’s largest buying and selling accomplice for eight consecutive years. Pakistan’s exports of agricultural merchandise to China have grown quickly.
The CPEC has developed from imaginative and prescient into actuality, turning into a vivid testomony of the all-weather friendship, and offering necessary help for constructing a good nearer China-Pakistan group with a shared future within the new period. Two sides are dedicated to collectively constructing CPEC right into a progress hall, a livelihood-enhancing hall, an innovation hall, a inexperienced hall and an open hall, and carry ahead the CPEC with high-quality improvement.
China-Pakistan army exchanges and cooperation have continued to deepen. The leaders of the 2 militaries have maintained good momentum of frequent exchanges and visits. This 12 months, senior leaders of the Pakistani army together with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Employees Committee and Chief of Military Employees visited China successively. The 2 militaries have witnessed fruitful cooperation in fields comparable to joint coaching and workout routines, anti-pandemic cooperation, tools and know-how collaboration, continuously enriching the connotation of bilateral strategic cooperation, making necessary contribution to safeguarding regional peace and stability.
China-Pakistan cultural and folks exchanges have continued to increase. Flights between the 2 international locations have resumed in an orderly method. Exchanges of visits by students, media professionals, spiritual representatives and different teams have taken place one after one other. College students from the 2 international locations are passionate about finding out overseas in one another’s nation.
The people-to-people bond has been additional strengthened. This 12 months is the China-Pakistan Yr of Tourism Exchanges. The Gandhara Artwork Exhibition was efficiently held on the Palace Museum in Beijing, injecting new impetus into the people-to-people contacts, tourism cooperation and cultural exchanges between the 2 international locations.
Now below the sturdy management of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, below the steering of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese language Traits for a New Period, your entire CPC and folks of all ethnic teams in China are earnestly implementing the spirit of the twentieth Nationwide Congress of the CPC, and to embrace the nice rejuvenation of the Chinese language nation on all fronts via a Chinese language path to modernization.
Regardless of the complicated and difficult exterior setting, Chinese language financial system nonetheless has sturdy resilience with great potential. The basics sustaining China’s long-term progress stay unchanged. China has the arrogance, the situations and the power to advertise the continual optimization of its financial construction, steady enhancement of its progress momentum, and steady enchancment of improvement traits.
China will speed up efforts to foster a brand new improvement paradigm, pursue high-quality improvement in a complete method, and contribute extra optimistic vitality to world financial restoration. China’s improvement will undoubtedly create new alternatives for China-Pakistan cooperation. China views its relations with Pakistan from a strategic and long-term perspective, and Pakistan has at all times been a excessive precedence in China’s neighborhood diplomacy.
I’m able to work with associates from all walks of life in China and Pakistan, by implementing the necessary consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Pakistani leaders because the tenet, constructing a more in-depth China-Pakistan group with a shared future within the new period as the principle line, and selling high-quality improvement of the CPEC as the main platform, to constantly consolidate, deepen and increase China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperation, safeguard our frequent pursuits towards modifications unseen in a century, and higher profit the 2 international locations and the 2 peoples.
Chin-Pak dosti zindabad!
The creator is Chinese language Ambassador to Pakistan.
Enormous explosion at Tashkent airport causes tremors felt over 30 km away
An enormous explosion has rocked Tashkent, the capital metropolis of Uzbekistan within the early hours of Thursday.
The blast, which occurred close to the airport, has been reported to have originated from a customs storage facility in Tashkent.
Though the specifics surrounding the explosion stay restricted, it has raised widespread concern and quick motion. The affect of the explosion was highly effective sufficient to be felt over a major distance.
Early on Thursday, the Uzbek information web site Daryo reported a robust explosion in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, citing info from the Ministry of Emergency Conditions. The explosion is suspected to have occurred at a warehouse positioned in a district close to the airport.
Whereas flight operations at Tashkent Worldwide Airport seemed to be functioning usually, with flights taking off and touchdown, there was a closure discover for a runway throughout particular hours. The rationale for this closure was not initially offered.
In accordance with reviews from Nova24, witnesses have described the explosion going down at a customs warehouse close to the airport. Movies circulating on social media depict a column of flames and smoke rising into the evening sky, including to the urgency of the state of affairs.
Emergency response groups are on-site, working diligently to include the fireplace ensuing from the explosion. At this level, particulars concerning accidents and casualties are but to be confirmed.
Authorities are actively investigating the incident, and additional updates will likely be offered as extra info involves gentle.
India imposes curfew in strife-hit areas of Manipur state
India imposed a curfew within the capital and a few areas of its restive state of Manipur on Thursday, after scores of scholars have been injured in violence following protests towards the alleged abduction and homicide of two college students, authorities mentioned.
Ethnic violence has plunged the northeastern state bordering Myanmar into what many safety consultants describe as an intense civil battle fought over land, jobs and political clout between its two largest native teams.
“Indefinite curfew needed to be carried out in Imphal and in another districts,” L. Kailun, a senior police official primarily based within the state capital, informed Reuters.
Greater than 80 college students have been injured in Wednesday’s clashes, one other police official mentioned on situation of anonymity.
He added that the state of affairs was “extraordinarily tense” after armed mobs vandalised an workplace of the ruling political social gathering and hurled petrol bombs at two police websites.
Cell web companies have been suspended within the state for 5 days, officers mentioned.
Because the violence first erupted on Could 3, greater than 180 individuals have been killed and over 50,000 have fled their properties in Manipur.
Greater than half the state’s inhabitants of three.2 million belongs to the Meitei group, whereas the Kuki group, who make up about 43 per cent, stay largely within the hills.
Protests re-ignited over the alleged kidnapping and killing of two college students of the Meitei group who had gone lacking in July after their our bodies have been discovered this week. The information went viral, reviving the ethnic pressure.
The state’s chief minister, N. Biren Singh, who’s a frontrunner of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s social gathering, denounced the alleged homicide and vowed most punishment for the culprits.
Members of the scholars’ households and Meitei leaders have accused Kuki militants of the newest killing, and criticised authorities for failing to finish the violence.
A spokesperson for a Kuki civil society group mentioned it didn’t have a direct touch upon the newest killings.
Leaders of the opposition Congress social gathering have accused the Modi authorities of failing to regulate the violence in a state ruled by his nationalist social gathering.
Canada warned Nijjar’s affiliate of demise threats from India, inside days of assassination
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Just a few days after pro-Khalistan chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s assassination in Canada’s largest Gurdwara in Surrey British Columbia, one other Sikh chief from the identical Gurdwara was warned in writing “Obligation To Warn” by the Canadian police and the intelligence service of the approaching risk to his life by the hands of Indian state brokers.
In response to proof obtainable, Gurmeet Singh Toor, an in depth affiliate of Nijjar and a senior member of the administration committee of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, was issued a “Obligation To Warn” letter by the Canadian legislation enforcement on August 24, 2023, throughout an pressing go to at his residence by the Canadian intelligence and the police that his life was in critical hazard by the hands of Indian brokers roaming in Canada on behalf of the Indian state.
An knowledgeable of the warning letter to Toor by the Canadian police stated: “The police have decided by means of a number of investigative avenues that your life could also be in peril. At the moment, we’re unable to offer you particular particulars of the risk.”
Toor had began actively campaigning with Sikh For Justice (SFJ) for Khalistan Referendum voting in BC after Nijjar’s assassination by the hands of Indian brokers on June 18, 2023.
Nijjar was head of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara and Chief Coordinator of the Khalistan Referendum marketing campaign in Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instantly accused the Indian govt of being behind Nijjar’s homicide, via Indian brokers managed and operated by Indian diplomats stationed at India’s consulates in Vancouver and Toronto.
In a press release, Canadian nationwide Gurmeet Singh Toor stated that India needs to kill him as a result of like Nijjar, he’s engaged in campaigning for the Khalistan Referendum and after Shaheed Nijjar’s assassination by the hands of gunmen employed by Indian businesses, and “I proceed marketing campaign for the Khalistan Referendum and notably for September 10, 2023 voting occasion in Surrey”.
He revealed: “On August 25, 2023, round 11:20 pm whereas I used to be sleeping at my residence, two Canadian officers belonging to Surrey Police and Built-in Nationwide Safety Enforcement Crew (INSET) respectively, knocked at my door and served the hooked up “Obligation To Warn” discover. I used to be informed by the officers that the truth that they’ve come to me at this hour of the night time ought to be taken as a sign that the matter (risk) is absolutely critical. I used to be instructed by the officers to be vigilant and cautious.”
In a September 27 communique to PM Justin Trudeau, SFJ demanded rapid expulsion of India’s Excessive Commissioner in Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma on grounds that there’s mounting proof that the “brokers of the Indian authorities” had been concerned within the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023; continued risk to the Khalistan Referendum campaigners in Canada by the hands of Indian brokers.
SFJ’s letter highlighting the risk to Toor and campaigners of Khalistan Referendum in Canada can also be addressed to leaders of the Conservative Social gathering, Bloc Quebecois, NDP, and Inexperienced Social gathering urging them to “to boost above the partisanship on this nationwide difficulty which pertains to the core of existence shared by all Canadians – defending of our nation’s sovereignty from any international aggression and securing the life and liberty of all Canadians towards any international invasion and threats”.
SFJ’s letter to the Canadian PM stated: “Mr. Prime Minister, the file in your workplace ought to replicate that in Could 2016, when Shaheed Nijjar was falsely accused by India of working a “terror camp” in Mission, BC, Nijjar wrote you a letter wherein he unequivocally said that ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I need to carry it to your consideration that the Indian authorities’s marketing campaign to label me a terrorist began after I actively participated in a marketing campaign to gather signatures on a criticism to the United Nations Human Rights Council. I’m a Sikh nationalist who believes in and helps Sikhs’ proper to self- dedication and independence of Indian-occupied Punjab via a future referendum.”
Following Nijjar’s homicide, we publicly raised alarm about our perception that the Indian authorities was concerned in, and chargeable for, his killing. Lastly, on September 18, 2023, Prime Minister Trudeau publicly on the ground of the Home stated what had lengthy been identified by the Sikh group – that the Indian authorities was behind the assassination of Shaheed Nijjar.
The SFJ letter stated: “We agree with the Prime Minister’s assertion within the Home of Commons that ‘any involvement of a international authorities within the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. It’s opposite to the elemental guidelines by which free, open, and democratic societies conduct themselves. Such a flagrant violation of Canadian sovereignty calls for swift and decisive motion on the a part of our authorities. Solely the expulsion of India’s Excessive Commissioner in Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, will adequately convey Canada’s forceful disapprobation of India’s blatant violation of our sovereignty and assault upon the Canadian individuals’s life and liberty.
“Excessive Commissioner Verma, as the top of India’s mission in Canada, should be held accountable for Nijjar’s assassination, which in each sense is an act of state terrorism by India. The assassination of a Canadian citizen by India on Canadian soil is an unprecedented and unconscionable assault on Canada’s sovereignty and on the lives and liberties of all Canadians. Merely expelling a low-level diplomatic agent, as Canada has performed, falls far in need of successfully responding to this violation. Failing to take additional motion sends the message to the remainder of the world that Canada takes such prison exercise calmly. We urge your authorities to reply in the one applicable method by expelling Excessive Commissioner Verma pursuant to applicable diplomatic and consular protocol.”
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in his letter to the PM reminded that Verma has a historical past of Sikh hatred and since taking his place in Canada over a 12 months in the past, he has been mendacity about Sikhs and passing hate-filled remarks towards them.
SFJ letter concludes: “We’re calling on the Canadian authorities to decisively and unequivocally assert its sovereignty and defend the protection and safety of all residents. It should ship the clear message that the involvement of a international authorities within the deliberate and deliberate homicide of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is totally and completely unacceptable. The one motion that may ship that message is instantly expelling Excessive Commissioner Verma.
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