Event- PIVOT: Pursuing Ideals of Shared Future
Islamabad- January 16, 2020
“China has stood by Pakistan on its core interests, and Pakistan has supported China’s core interests, and now Pakistan – China relations are in a phase where economic and people to people contacts have increased manifolds. We need to have an understating of this relationship and PIVOT magazine is important in this regard.” This was stated by Ambassador Zahoor Ahmad, Additional Secretary (Asia-Pacific) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was addressing an event titled ‘PIVOT: Pursuing Ideals of Shared Future’ to mark the one successful year of the publication of PIVOT magazine launched by China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), in January 2019.
The objective of this magazine is to elucidate all facets of Pakistan-China relations, including various regional and global dimensions of this long-standing strategic partnership.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Yao Jing, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China said, there is more analysis of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Belt and Road Initiative to counter doubts being raised by detractors, and PIVOT is playing an important role to advance it.” He congratulated CPSC team and the ISSI leadership for spearheading the research and advocacy work at the Centre in able manner.
Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, stated that Pakistan-China relationship is pivot for regional cooperation. Peace, stability, connectivity and prosperity are the elements on which shared future between Pakistan and China is envisioned. He thanked Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of China for extending support to various initiatives being pursued by CPSC at ISSI.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director CPSC, said, “PIVOT aims to fill the knowledge vacuum regarding Pakistan-China relations in rapidly changing regional and global scenario.” He thanked Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Embassy and the contributors of the magazine for supporting the magazine.
In his concluding address, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman BOG ISSI stated, “PIVOT was required to fill the gap in public understanding of the various dimensions of the Pakistan-China relationship.” He commended the editorial team of PIVOT for putting together a comprehensive magazine for the readers.