China-Pakistan Study Center (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted a roundtable with Dr. Haiyun Ma, Associate Professor of History at the Frostburg State University, Maryland at its premises today. The agenda for the session was to discuss Islamic-Chinese cultural dialogue in contemporary times. Dr. Nadeem Omer Tarar, Executive Director at the Center for Culture and Development, Islamabad also spoke on the occasion. Experts from academia, think tanks and media attended the roundtable.
Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director CPSC, welcomed the speakers and participants. He highlighted the need to bridge the cultural gap between Pakistan and China through intellectual discussions and generation of new ideas. In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, said that the people in Pakistan are deeply attached to Islam and Islamic values. The people-to-people contact between Pakistan and China are only just beginning to open up and it is important to work upon them. He added that there are ample opportunities for bringing together Pakistan and China outside of the economic and security realms, and these must be pursued with perseverance and diligence.