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巴基斯坦旁遮普省首席部长默罕默德·夏巴兹·谢里夫致辞

Distinguished Delegates, Ladies & Gentlemen,

 

I am absolutely honoured to be here – in such a celebrated company of global leaders, heads of states and governments, intellectuals, businesses, and ranking figures from a wide spectrum. Would have been rather a listener in such an audience – yet the theme of the talk, i.e.Connectivity of People, is so close to my heart, that I decided to express some thoughts. The theme resonates with my emotions while describing the finest illustration of people-to-people relations – China-Pakistan’s everlasting and ever soaring friendship.

The Globe, and Universe as well, has been the charter of curious men and women; who transcend territories and boundaries. In doing so, they imprint new pathways around the global landscape. Enterprise was, and is, at the heart of human circulation. Indeed, it was Zhang Qian, an outstanding Imperial Chinese Envoy who established the fabled Silk Road some 2000 years ago. Resolute beings crisscrossed this route to trade silk – the most precious commodity of the time. It defined commerce of men and ideas, commodities and articles, and became the conduit of communication – interlocking distant lands and seas.

Statesmen who marshal a new era punctuate the march of time. President Xi Jinping’s defining vision pleasantly surprised the world when he announced the Belt and Road initiative. Without any doubt, his vision is the result of a deep strategic reflection – a grand vision for a new era of win–win globalization. Replacing confrontation with consultation, cooperation and healthy competition (a Chinese trait),One Belt One Road (OBOR) is epoch making. It is rooted in ancient but represents the prescient – sprawling network of physical connectivity; social and cultural collaboration; economic cooperation, diplomatic and political agreements. Spanning more than 60 countries, OBOR is a web of motorways and railways, waterways and airways, pipelines and gridlines, to circulate ideas and experiences, men and material, money and manufacture – indeed all elements of progress and development.

Globalization diffused political boundaries. It was spearheaded by the developed economies – the rest embraced it varyingly. Today, when many societies turn inwards and doubt the rationale and scope of globalization, Peoples Republic of China has commanded the unfinished agenda of globalization. But this global vision is more humane and mutual; it relies particularly on collaboration than confrontation. It does not only mind the interest of multinational, but predicates too on the ordinary and her aspirations. Thus, a new globalized complex is emerging – networked people. This could only be possible from a society which has people at its heart – people-to-people then is not only between countries - it extends from the neighbourhoods to the distant habitats.

China has articulated OBOR, which is the path of increased connectivity through diplomacy, agreements, trade and economic cooperation and not through wars. While global trade talks have stagnated, China seeks new trade routes and refurbishes old ones, supporting developing countries to restore physical and human infrastructure. It is forging people-to-people partnerships – based on mutual respect and wellbeing. The Chinese concept of ‘Shared Prosperity’ accepts that the community of all people is ‘One Community’. It is not possible to share a future with anyone else unless we treat them like our own family. This Community cannot be prosperous with some winning and many losing – certainly the pristine principle that must eternally define local, national and international development agenda.

Ladies and Gentlemen: traditional government-to-government relations were exclusively through political and diplomatic means. Information & Communication Technology has demolished this exclusivity and transformed the essence of inter-state relations: general public – scholars, opinion makers, celebrities, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens are directly exchanging across borders.

People-to-People Connectivity is genuine empowerment of the people – it transfers power from elite to ordinary citizens. China has entered a new era of people-to-people diplomacy through which it hones the advantages of cultural exchanges with other countries. As President Xi Jinping aptly remarked, “we should strengthen inter-civilization exchanges and mutual learning” and “people-to-people diplomacy represents the most profound force in promoting such exchanges and mutual learning” (2014).

Pakistan has embraced the historic OBOR Initiative wholeheartedly with a great sense of gratitude towards Chinese people and leadership. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), under OBOR, is an unprecedented package of co-operation and development between China and Pakistan in trade, energy, industrial growth, integrated transport, IT systems, tourism and human resource development. As we breathe here, Ladies and Gentlemen, breathtaking progress is being made in the implementation of CPEC in Pakistan. More than USD 50 billion worth of projects are underway from Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province upto Gwadar, a deep-sea port in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. With transparency - a hallmark of President Xi’s crusade against corruption- efficiency and effectiveness, the building blocks of CPEC are being swiftly installed. These are not mere words - roads and highways, power plants and ports, are actually at an advanced stage of completion, and reshaping the regional geo-economic landscape.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Government took bold decisions to address the triple peril of extremism, economy and energy. On all the three fronts, visible and verifiable progress has been achieved. I have the honour, Ladies and Gentlemen, to steer the course for Punjab during these momentous times. It has been both a privilege and a responsibility.

Punjab, today, is recognized as the province in Pakistan which implements CPEC projects with unparalleled speed and determination. Thousands of Chinese now reside in Punjab and are participating in our development efforts. Highest attention is being paid to their security and comfort. Many delegations and businesses from China regularly visit Punjab to work with us. We are very proud of this trust and confidence. This is not only a moment of trust but tryst with destiny.

CPEC is also transforming the way Pakistanis look towards their brotherly neighbour. Chinese presence in Pakistan is now evident at a personal level too: in markets and daily life – in culture and the arts industry. Pakistan’s film industry, for the first time, has cast a Chinese hero in a new movie which was released last month. As I speak, hundreds of our young boys and girls are learning Chinese language to interact and engage with their new neighbours and friends. People are connecting for prosperity and wellbeing.

I am very inspired in your company, Ladies & Gentlemen. My deepest gratitude to Chinese leadership for providing this opportunity to exchange thoughts with such eminent personalities. Connectivity of People is indeed foundational to lasting prosperity and peace. It is, Ladies and Gentlemen, the only winning option.

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