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H.E. Nong Rong, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China held a meeting with Prof Dr Zahid Anwar, Director China Study Center and Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar ( UOP) in the Embassy on 22nd December 2022. On the occasion Madam Bao Zhong, Political Counselor and other officials of the Embassy also attended the meeting.

Ambassador Nong Rong said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, and the friendship between the two countries is deeply rooted in the hearts of the two peoples. The University of Peshawar is an important partner for China and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  Province to strengthen cultural exchanges and think tank cooperation. The embassy is willing to continue to maintain close cooperation with the University of Peshawar to promote people-to-people bonds between China and Pakistan, and to enhance the friendship between the young generation of Pakistan and China. I appreciate the serious work of the China Study Center of the University of Peshawar ( CSC, UOP) and hope that it will further play  its due role in actively encouraging the teachers and students of the University of Peshawar to be supporters, builders, and promoters of China-Pakistan friendship.

Prof Zahid Anwar thanked the Ambassador and the embassy for their support to the University of Peshawar, including the establishment of the “Chinese Ambassador Scholarship” at the University of Peshawar. He also informed the Ambassador in detail about the seminars, workshops, conferences, Chinese language courses, launching of Journal of Pakistan-China Studies, a research journal which HEC has recognized in category “Y”, the approval of BS, MS, PhD courses from statutory bodies like Academic Council and Syndicate, distribution of Chinese Ambassador Scholarship 2021 among the deserving students of UoP, signing of MOUs with high ranking Chinese Universities for academic cooperation, field study of Gwadar Deep Sea Port, collaboration with other Pakistani Universities and Chinese Study Center for Promoting China Studies in Pakistan, Under the guidelines of CPEC Consortium of China Pakistan Universities, BRI, CPEC and many other regional and global issues. Prof Anwar appreciated the role of China for regional peace and development and especially praised the important role and contributions of the Ambassador Nong Rong for strengthening of Pakistan’s  economy and further augmenting cooperation between China and Pakistan in Higher Education. He added that China Study Center, University of Peshawar will continue to promote the friendship between China and Pakistan and play a greater role in promoting exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. The timely completion of CPEC Projects will boost Pakistan’s economy and China Pakistan comprehensive and inclusive relationship. After the launch of CPEC as a flagship project of BRI China and Pakistan have jointly took many steps which transformed positively and constructively the outlook of Pakistan’s youth towards the iron-clad friendship between the two countries. He hoped that with passage of time this march towards a shared and prosperous future will further strengthen. He further added that it is time that teachers, students and other young people of Pakistan should support all projects that strengthen the economy of Pakistan including CPEC and BRI and should counter propaganda against it in every form and manifestation. On the occasion Prof Anwar particular thanked Madam Bao Zhong and her team for their wholehearted and overwhelming support to CSC, UoP. In the end of the meeting H.E the Ambassador gave to Director CSC, UOP, a cheque of PKR 4.5 million for deserving students of university of Peshawar.

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