China’s changes resonate with grassroot Pakistanis, says report published by China Economic Net (CEN) on Friday. “Things had improved a lot here,” noted Asif Jalil, a Pakistani businessman and restaurant owner based in Beijing, adding that 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan and he wishes China to emerge as a beautiful country. “It was very lively before,” Jalil cherished the good old days since he had been here for more than 20 years, “you could see restaurants had their tables outside, with people sitting, eating food, enjoying beer, chatting in the evening almost in every Hutong (a narrow lane), especially in summer. But this caused some pollution so slowly these things had gone.”
However, he admitted that things and people had improved. “Beijing has changed a lot,” he likes the atmosphere here – a city renowned for its ancient, opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates.
“One thing is the physical change. There are more buildings and infrastructures here. It’s much more modern than before.”