ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Islamabad-based Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) on Monday organized a Special Webinar on “China’s Quest for Peaceful Coexistence & Mutual Development”.
The aim of the Webinar was to interact with prominent Chinese experts to discuss the recent Sino- Indian situation and learn about the latest developments in the Belt and Road Imitative as well as China’s future economic development plans.
The President CGSS Major General (retd) Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery commenced the session by welcoming all the participants, especially the Chinese speakers for joining the unique webinar.
Major General (retd) Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery stated that China is considered as the biggest threat by the US for unknown reasons. The US is attempting to contain China but this policy is deemed to fail because of the concept of BRI, which has very efficiently countered the containment policy without firing a single bullet.
The Director-General China at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad Muhammad Mudassir Tipu emphasized the significance of Pak-China friendship and thanked the Chinese friends for participating in this very timely initiative.
Mudassir Tipu stated that there is a need for multilateralism and deeper strategic coordination between Pakistan and China.
He also mentioned that he has had the honor of serving in China and China is an all-weather strategic partner of Pakistan. Within Pakistan, there is a general consensus between all political parties, all institutions, and the citizens of the country that Pakistan’s closest friend is China and both the counties are Iron Brothers.
The Chair Professor Soochow University & Vice President at the Center for China & Globalization in Beijing Victor Zhikai GAO talked about China-India Border Clash and its current status.
Victor Zhikai GAO stated that this is a very scary situation as what happened on June 16, reminds us of what happened in 1962. Subsequent to June 16, tensions remained between China and India.
Moreover, the tensions have increased in the South China Sea, in Taiwan, and between the United States and China also. We see increasing links between India and the United States including the recently concluded joint naval exercise between the two countries in the Indian Ocean.
The Associate Dean at the School of International Studies, Sichuan University in Chengdu Professor Huang Yunsong stated that there are two takeaways of the entire episode; first that the Standoff between India and China at the Line of Control is under control and the possibility of war has been considerably reduced; and secondly that the China-India bilateral relations have suffered serious setbacks after this border skirmish. China does not want confrontation with India but India needs to act responsibly as well.
The Researcher on Chinese Foreign Policy at the Pangaol Institution in Beijing Qinduo Xu stated that the United States views China as a top competitor and adversary.
For the upcoming elections, the US government is creating a distraction from their poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic by bashing China. So US administration is promoting anti-China sentiments among the public and on media.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the Belt & Road Center at CASS Xu Wenhong stated that BRI is now recognized as a project for peace, development, and stability benefitting the region and the world.
All countries are welcome to take part in BRI and become a partner country. India has not taken part in this project as it claimed that CPEC – the flagship project of BRI – has infringed its sovereignty.
The Head & Professor at the National Institute of Int’l Strategy, CASS in Beijing Zhong Feiteng gave a detailed presentation on the US-China Trade War, Repercussions, and Future Implications and highlighted the US trade deficit with China.
Zhong Feiteng stated that China is re-emerging as an economic power equal to the United States and China’s position has significantly enhanced in the last few decades.
The Webinar was attended by more than 50 participants and was moderated by the Executive Director CGSS Lt Colonel (retd) Khalid Taimur Akram.