LAHORE - A Chinese delegation led by the vice governor of Ningxia province of China, Wang Heshan, during a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday agreed on promoting cooperation between the Punjab government and Ningxia Province in agriculture, industry, education, health and tourism sectors.

Talking to the Chinese delegation, the chief minister said that the relation of friendship between Pakistan and China is touching new heights. He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor has given new dimension to the relations between the two countries.

Shehbaz Sharif said that “one belt, one road” vision of Chinese President Xi Jing Ping is the vision of peace, progress and prosperity in Asia. “Due to this vision, a new era of progress and prosperity will usher in the entire region,” he addded.

He assured the Chinese that Pounjab will take practical steps for the promotion of cooperation in agriculture, industry, education, health and tourism sectors with Ningxia, so that both the provinces could benefit from the experiences and expertise of each other.

Referring to ongoing public welfare programmes, Shehbaz said that the Punjab government has taken solid steps for speedy development of the province and prosperity of the masses.

Not only energy projects are being set up under CPEC in the province but Punjab government is also establishing power plants from its own resources and work is being carried out speedily on energy projects, he told the delegation.

On the occasion, the CM congratulated Vice Governor of Ningxia Wang Heshan on holding successful Pak-China Rally in connection with 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.

He stated that the visit of Vice Governor of Ningxia to Punjab will result in further enhancing the bonds between provincial government and the Chinese Province and get an opportunity for benefitting from the experiences and expertise of each other.

Speaking on the occasion, Wang Heshan said it is his desire to promote cooperation with Punjab government in agriculture, industry, education, health and tourism sectors. He also stressed the need of continuous exchange of delegations between Ningxia and Punjab for enhancing cooperation in different sectors.

Heshan lauded the determination and hard work of CM Shehbaz Sharif for the welfare of people of Punjab, saying that he was greatly impressed by his development vision. Certainly, the speed of work of Chief Minister is unprecedented and that is why, this unprecedented speed has been termed ‘Punjab Speed’ in China, he added.

He also invited CM Shehbaz Sharif to visit Ningxia province.

The Planning & Development chairman, on the occasion, gave a briefing regarding developmental strategy of Punjab. Chinese Consul General Yu Boren, senior authorities of Ningxia Province of China, provincial ministers Ch Muhammad Shafiq, Rana Mashhood Ahmad, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha and Asif Saeed Manhais, and senior officers were also present on the occasion.

NINGXIA CAR RALLY

The Ningxia Car Rally from China is on a friendly tour to Pakistan and Arab states to promote good relations and promote friendly ties among the nations. The rally arrived here yesterday from Islamabad. It is due to stay a couple of days in the city before moving on to Multan, Sukkur and then Karachi.

The rally consisting of 20 cars was warmly received at Thokar Niaz Beg with much fanfare. It travelled along the canal where the citizens felt delighted to see that caravan. It is a unique event which has been much enjoyed by the Chinese participants as they continued to wave flags of China and Pakistan throughout the track.

Dignitaries from China and Punjab welcomed the participants of the car rally on their arrival at their hotel. They were dancing to the tune of drums, while rose petals were showered on the Chinese in addition to presenting them bouquets and garlands.

After a brief rest, they journeyed to Wagah Border to witness the flag lowering ceremony which was enthusiastically enjoyed by all. Later in the evening they went around the city on sightseeing and visited the Food Street.

The car rally entered Pakistan through Khunjerab Pass from where it travelled to Gilgit and then reached Islamabad. After spending two days in Lahore, it will move to Multan, Sukkur and Karachi. From Karachi the rally will leave for Muscat on the 23 and from Muscat it will drive to Dubai.

This journey aims to pay homage to the beauty of Silk Road as well as to demonstrate good relations between Pakistan and China.