Strategies needed to counter CPEC disinformation

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Pakistan-China Institute organized a first-of-its-kind Webinar on “CPEC: Fact vs. Fiction” under its flagship event series, “Friends of Silk Road (FOSR)”. The Webinar was attended by over 60 participants online.

The conference chalked out a comprehensive strategy to debunk the myths being created through disinformation campaigns against CPEC.

Moreover, it initiated discourse on the opportunities and challenges that CPEC is facing currently and provided recommendations on dealing with those challenges and utilising the opportunities.

In his keynote speech, Sher Ali Arbab, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on CPEC highlighted the role of parliament in shaping positive public opinion on CPEC through public interaction.

While commenting on the pace of CPEC projects, he lauded the work on CPEC Phase One which bridged the infrastructure gap and made energy shortage a relic of the past.

He termed CPEC Phase-II a catalyst for industrial overhaul and called for the inclusion of Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey into CPEC.

Tehmina Janjua, Former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, recalled the quote of President Xi Jinping during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China in 2019 i.e “No matter how the international and regional situation changes, the friendship between China and Pakistan will always be unbreakable and rock-solid.”

This webinar lasted for 2 hours, with a 45 minute Q & A session. A diverse audience of students, scholars, media and the corporate sector including Chinese companies took an active part in the webinar.

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