Islamabad :Pakistan will take part in celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China by sending a cultural troupe. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting sated this during a meeting with H.E Mr. Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China who called on her here, today. She said that strengthening cooperation in the fields of information and culture will further cement relations between the two countries by promoting people to people contacts.

Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that all weather Pak-China friendship reflects the unshakeable bond between the people of two countries. She said that during the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China a free trade agreement was signed which would give preferential treatment to Pakistan on the lines of ASEAN Countries. She added that BRI is a visionary project of President Xi Jingping which would connect people around the regions and integrate economies for shared prosperity of the people.

Welcoming idea of telecasting Chinese drama serial in Pakistan after dubbing in Urdu, SAPM said that Pakistan has a vibrant drama industry and we would like Pakistani dramas to be telecast on Chinese television networks as well. She also hailed the signing of agreement regarding commercial release of Urdu feature Film “Parwaz Hai Junoon” this May in China. “Films and Dramas are one of the greatest mediums to promote cultural values of any society” she added.

The Chinese Ambassador emphasized the need to further strengthen cultural cooperation and termed it as one of the key components to establish a connect between the people of two countries. The Ambassador also briefed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister regarding various training programs conducted by Chinese Embassy for the media persons in Pakistan. The Ambassador sought Ministry’s cooperation in holding movie festival in Islamabad. SAPM appreciated the idea and assured her full assistance in this regard. The Ambassador also stressed the need for interaction between the film makers and distributers with a view to strengthen cooperation in the sector of film.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that it was essential to promote those Pak-China joint ventures which aimed at welfare and prosperity of the people. She also emphasized the need for exchange of delegations in fields of media, information and culture so that both could learn from each others’ best practices and expertise.

Both sides agreed to jointly prepare the calendar of activities to celebrate 70th anniversary of founding of People’s Republic of China. The Chinese ambassador also said that he would consult with Ministry of I&B regarding exchange of delegations of journalists.