Pak-China to initiate cultural collaboration

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From CPEC to CPCC

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—As part of the efforts to further expand bilateral relationship between Pakistan and China under the multi-billion dollars CPEC, the two countries are planning to launch China Pakistan Cultural Corridor (CPCC) to bring the peoples of two countries more closely together.
Chinese Cultural Project Leader Echo Lee told this correspondent in an exclusive interview that under the CPCC, cultural centres will be set up across Pakistan to acquaint the Pakistani people with the Chinese cultural and traditions and vice versa. “Two each cultural centres will be set up in big cities of Pakistan while the same cultural centers will also be set up in the Chinese provinces.”
She said that different Chinese products will be put on display including handicrafts, dresses, antiques etc at the centers to be established in Pakistan. Similarly, the Pakistani products pertaining to art and culture will be showcased in the centers to be established in the Chinese provinces. Similarly, the cultural exchanges will also be promoted. These cultural centers will also host cultural events such photo exhibitions and painting competitions.
“Under the CPCC, cultural shows as well as musical concerts, film festivals and fashion shows will also be organized in each other’s countries,” she said adding that media exchange programmes will also be enhanced under which the media personnel from both the countries will be imparted training in latest media trends.
According to sources, a Chinese university is holding an exhibition together with Pakistan on 27th of this month in Sichuan University. Local products of Pakistan will be showcased in the exhibition. Echo Lee further stated that the peoples of two countries will also acquainted with each other’s national languages including Chinese and Urdu which will serve as a binding force to cement the already very close relations between the two countries. She was of the view that enhancing people to people contacts is very imperative to reap the real fruits of $46 billion CPEC- being dubbed as game changer not only for Pakistan and China but also for the entire region and beyond that.
The Chinese project leader said that an Urdu language training programme is soon being launched in Taxkorgan province, China. In the first phase, teachers will be taken from Pakistan to impart essential Urdu language skills to the Chinese students.

It is worth mentioning here that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also chalked out a programme to send students to China to learn the Chinese language. It has been learnt that other federating units are also considering sending youth delegations to China to learn the Chinese language and take advantage of the opportunities to be generated by the completion of the CPEC.