Report – In-House Meeting “Visit of 3-member Delegation from The Economist”

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China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted an In-House meeting, on December 12, 2019, with a three-member team from Economist Magazine led by Mr. Dominic Ziegler, Asia Correspondent. He was accompanied by Mr. Ben Farmer and Mr. Waqar Gillani. Agenda of the discussion was Pakistan-China Relations and CPEC. The In-House was preceded by a one-on-one meeting of the delegation with Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI. Ambassador Chaudhry gave an overview of the regional situation. He said, as the world is undergoing strategic change, the shift of global politics has moved to Asia. Today, Indian Ocean region is home to new great power competition between China and the United States. America has adopted an Indo-Pacific Strategy, whereby, it wants India to play an active role in Asia as a counter weight to China. Meanwhile, China and Pakistan are deepening and broadening their historic cooperation to advance regional peace and security. Being neighbors, Pakistan and China are very close to each other and therefore, a new kind of alignment is emerging where China and Pakistan are on one side, whereas US and India are on the other. Pakistan, he said, wants to have good relations with both China and US.

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