The China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) hosted a Virtual Dialogue on regional security and Pakistan-China cooperation to advance peace and stability onAugust 12, 2020. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, DG-ISSI and Prof. Chen Dongxiao, President SIIS chaired the proceedings. The speakers included Ambassador Masood Khalid, Prof. Wu Chunsi, Dr. Rifaat Hussain, Prof. Zhang Jiadong, Lt. Gen (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, Prof. Wang Shida, Dr. Saranjam Baig and Prof. Wang Xu.
Director CPSC Dr. Talat Shabbir welcomed the speakers and participants to first virtual dialogue between ISSI and SIIS. He stated that at this occasion it is imperative to note that, during past 69 years, relationship between China and Pakistan withstood changes in international system, and as strategic partners both sides continue to support each other’s core interests. Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and there is an across-the-board political and public consensus on maintaining strong bilateral ties with China. The Belt Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have brought important opportunities of development to Pakistan and countries along the route.