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Pak, China to accelerate cultural cooperation

Chinese Vice Minister

DUNHUANG, GANSU, 19 SEPT (DNA) – The people of People’s Republic of China consider the people of Pakistan as their best friends in the world.

This was stated by the Vice Minister of the Chinese State Administration of Press Publication Radio Film and Television Mr Tong Gang during a meeting with the Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid in Dunhuang city, Gansu province of China on Monday.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Silk Road International Cultural Expo being held in Dunhuang, Gansu province of China. Senator Pervaiz Rashid thanked the government of People’s Republic of China and Gansu province for extending a warm welcome and generous hospitality to him and his delegation, and expressed the hope that his visit would further strengthen the existing close friendship between Pakistan and China.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that Pakistan was grateful to the People’s Republic of China for cementing the historic bonds of friendship manifested in the ancient Silk Route and added that our association with the One Belt One Road initiative of China had reinvigorated the ties. This association, he said, will provide the much needed infrastructure, jobs, integration and all round progress in Pakistan.

Pakistan will also facilitate a shorter route to China for access to destinations as far as Europe, he added. Senator Pervaiz Rashid also praised the presence of a large number of Chinese who were working and contributing constructively towards the development of Pakistan.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the expanding cooperation in economy and trade between the two countries should be enhanced by matching cooperation in the field of culture, information, and literature to further cement these ties.

The Chinese Vice Minister proposed that in order to promote cultural relations with Pakistan, the Chinese government was prepared to start an exchange programme of films and dramas. In this connection, he further proposed that five films and dramas may be selected for exhibition in the initial phase in each other’s countries. He also proposed exchange of professionals so that films and dramas on themes of shared interest of the two countries could be identified and produced. He said the Chinese government considered Pakistan as a potential market.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid welcomed the proposals put forth by the Chinese Minister and termed them as the road map of future cooperation in the field of culture between the two countries.”The exchange of films and dramas will help bring Chinese and Pakistani societies closer by enhancing mutual understanding of each others’ cultures, traditions, norms and ways of life.” said Senator Pervaiz Rashid. This was also endorsed by the Chinese Vice Minister.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid also assured Tong Gang that Pakistan will facilitate speedy implementation of the roadmap. During the meeting the Pakistan side was assisted by Director General External Publicity Mr Shafqat Jalil and Press and Culture Attaché at Pakistan Embassy Mr Asif-ur-Rehman Khan.

The Chinese Vice Minister was accompanied by Director General International Cooperation as well as the Deputy Director General of International Cooperation of the Chinese State Administration of Press Publication Radio Film and Television. DNA

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