Shiren eyes stronger relationships between China-Pakistan in 2023


Says no quarantine requires on entering China from Jan 8 onward; ‘Pakistan Observer’ propagating China-Pakistan relations in exemplary way

Amraiz Khan

Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China in Lahore, Mr. Zhao Shiren has said that although Pakistan and China are facing and dealing with various kinds of challenges and problems on both domestic and international fronts, the state of our bilateral relations is strong and will grow stronger in the coming days.

He expressed these views while addressing a short ceremony in connection with distribution of Consul General Friendship Awards at Gymkhana Club in Lahore on the other day.

He further said, “I have two messages for you, starting from January 08, there would be no more quarantine requirement upon entry of China for International travelers, given a negative PCR test within 48 hours before your departure”.

Next year will again see China planning to host the Third High-level International Forum on Belt & Road initiatives. These are all good news for Pakistani friendsa positive signal delivered to the World.

The ceremony was also attended by Editor in Chief, Mr. Faisal Zahid Malik, Ex Foreign Minister, Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, Chairman Gymkhana Club, Mian Misbah-ur Rehman and other Chinese and Pakistanis citizens were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Shiren said, “This year, Consulate has bases on merits and contributions of the relevant stakeholders, and also taking representation in to accounts nominated and chosen 17 individuals and four institutions from different fields and areas as the friendship award recipients.

With the year of 2022 almost drawing to a close, it is high time to celebrate and thank you all for the wonderful efforts and great endeavors made in promoting the Chinese narrative in Pakistan, strengthening our bilateral relations and enhancing practical cooperation in various sectors.

on behalf of the concerned and in my own name I have pleasure and honor to acknowledge congratulate the winners and my sincere appreciations and best wishes also go to all the friends present here this evening.

I wish to take this opportunity to appear you of the current state of affairs between China and Pakistan, as well as the work done by the Consulate.

The CPC 20th national congress was successfully held in October and China launched major diplomatic initiative on South East Asia and the Middle East.

We realize physical engagements with Europe and kept the international strategic balance on track, hedging the instability and uncertainty of World political and economic and landscape with predictable and credible policies.

Prime Minister Shahbaz paid his successful maiden visit to China, and the CPEC projects on gaining new momentum into its high quality development.

He further said that against this backdrop the Chinese Consulate in Lahore has also made its tireless efforts in promoting mutual trust, business cooperation, cultural and educational exchanges between China and the Punjab.

We are more proactively propagating China story in the province, providing professional consular service to the Chinese community, and ensuring maximum safety and security for the CPEC related projects, institutions and personnel in the region. My team has been working very hard and their performance is exemplary.

But I know, all this would have been possible without the value added understanding, support and efforts from you, our Pakistani friends, brothers and sisters of the media houses, think tanks, universities, business, chambers, public institutions, consular corps, law enforcement agencies and Chinese associations.

You are friends of the Chinese Consulate. You are friends of the Chinese peoples. And you are the invaluable asset of the long standing China Pakistan friendship.

The Consular General was of the view that standing by each other and working hand in hand both the countries have made achievements together this year. He said, “Building a China-Pakistan community of a shared future is our common mission”.

What is past is prologue, the best is yet to come. We cannot be self complacent. He pledged that there was immense potential for us to explore. He claimed that after a couple of days we will usher in a new year the year of 2023.

In the end of ceremony the Consul General paid rich tributes to late Mr. Zahid Malik for his positive journalism and said that after his demise his team was following his footstep in completion of his mission.

He said that China has very active working relationship with daily Pakistan Observer and I wish this relationship to become closer in the year 2023 for mutual benefits and for the benefits of Chinese and Pakistan peoples as well.

I personally endorse and support Pakistan Observer since it is a very good newspaper. This news paper is propagating China, Pakistan relations, I personally think that Pakistan Observer is doing very good job.