New visa regime indicative of an open, secure Pakistan: Chinese ambassador


ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing met Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday and said that the new visa regime announced by the Government of Pakistan is indicative of an open, confident and secure Pakistan.

“We are happy to see that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s government is guiding strong bilateral relations between the two countries in a positive direction,’’ he said.

The ambassador also appreciated the personal efforts of the information minister in promoting culture and films to project the positive image of Pakistan.

He said that this year China would allow the screening of selected Pakistani feature films in Chinese cinemas, which would promote people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

The information minister highly appreciated the endeavour and informed the ambassador that Pakistan was participating in the 9th International Beijing Film Festival. It was high time to broaden the cooperation between the two countries by exchanging information and co-producing feature films, he added.

Fawad also sought China’s assistance in establishing a technical media institute as part of the Media University, the government envisages establishing soon.

The ambassador informed the minister that under the next phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), both China and Pakistan would focus on joint ventures in special economic zones and social sector projects, including health, education, water resources, and poverty alleviation.

While emphasising the significance of transfer of technology, the minister reiterated that government accorded importance to local production of goods with a view to boosting indigenous industry, particularly in the field of media.

The Chinese ambassador also paid a courtesy call on the Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday. They discussed matters of mutual interest and the different ways to enhance the cooperation for further strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries, said in a press release issued by the Ministry of Human Rights on Wednesday.