The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organised an In-House Meeting on January 18, 2016 with a three-member Chinese delegation from Shanghai International Studies University headed by Professor Wu Yongnian, Director of South Asia Research Centre at the University. Other members of the delegation included: Ms. Zhu Xiufang, Research Fellow and Zhao Pei, Editorial Director.
Director Research ISSI, Najam Rafique welcomed the delegation and invited Research Fellow Muhammaf Faisal from China-Pakistan Study Project (CPSP), to brief the guests about CPSP and developments on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Muhammad Faisal began his presentation by saying that the major purpose of the Project is to strengthen Pak-China bilateral ties by carrying out research, holding seminars and regularly publishing documents on CPEC, maritime security, counter-terrorism, strategic and security issues n Asia, and people-to-people contacts. He then talked about initiation, completion, and overall worth of the CPEC briefly. Explaining the institutional framework of CPEC implementation, he said that it is being run under Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC), which is co-chaired by Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms (PD&R) and Vice Chairman of Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). It is further divided into five Joint Working Groups (JWG): Planning Joint Working Group; Energy Joint Working Group; Transport Infrastructure Joint Working Group; Gwadar Joint Working Group; and Industry Cooperation Joint Working Group.