China’s Consul General in Karachi Yang Yundong has said that China is increasing the quantum of scholarships for Pakistani students and conducting exchange programs between universities of both countries to provide students more educational opportunities in China.
“We would like to see Chinese students come to Pakistan to get education here as well,” he said in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press of Pakistan. He said that Karachi University and other Pakistani educational institutions had started Chinese language courses for those who want to learn the Chinese language.
Yang Yundong expressed the hope that skill development programs would prove beneficial for people of both the countries as more and more Pakistanis were showing interest in learning the Chinese language with the intent of working with CPEC projects, enhancing cooperation and strengthening traditional friendships.
“We need a young generation of both countries to learn from each other for the bright future of their countries,” he said, and pointed out that Pakistan and China achieved concrete progress under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which is paving the foundation of sustainable development and economic growth of Pakistan.
He said that the people of Pakistan started reaping benefits of the CPEC journey as several major projects have been completed while many more were in the completion process. He said that the Gwadar Port had become operational for a few years, free zones were also in operation while the New Islamabad Airport, Sukkur–Multan Motorway and other major projects have been completed under the Economic Corridor.
Yang Yundong asks Pakistani students to get higher as well as technical and high school education in China
The consul general said the Havalian-Thakot section of the Karakoram Highway, Jakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway, Optical Cable, Eastern Expressway and Orange Line Metro Train Lahore projects were also completed which had started giving fruits to the common people. So far 14 energy projects, including the Qasim Port, Hub Coal and Thar Coal power plants, have been completed and the people were reaping the benefits of the projects, he said.
In Gwadar, he said the Pak-China Friendship Hospital project and China-Aid Seawater Desalination plant were also completed and inaugurated for the facilitation of the people. Apart from the above projects, several solar, wind and hydro power plants had also been completed and the electricity was being generated from them, he said. After the completion of the Sukkur-Multan Motorway, the travel time had reduced from 11 hours to less than five hours, he said.
He said the Pakistani and Chinese leaders in the meeting held in Beijing last month, have shown commitment and consensus for further fast-paced progress on the CPEC projects so that future cooperation could be enhanced. He said that these projects were people-centric and would solidify the economic foundations of Pakistan. The consul general invited other parties to join the corridor to benefit from it.
Regarding cooperation in the field of education, he said that over 30000 Pakistani students were getting education in Chinese universities, colleges and other educational institutions. Moreover, he said that several Chinese engineers were also working on CPEC projects here in Pakistan, while Pakistani engineers were obtaining training in China to gain expertise. He said that more Pakistani students should go to China to get higher as well as technical and high school education so that they could become more beneficial for their homeland.