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Khairpur : A Special Lecture to mark the year 2011 as Pak-China Friendship announced by the Govt. of Pakistan in a bid a lecture on “Energy Crisis: Pak China Relations and Role of Media” was organized by the Department of Media Studies Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. Prof Mohammad Qasim Nizamani Department of Mass Communication University of Sindh, Jamshoro delivered the lecture. Prof Dr. Taj Mohammad Lashari Chairman of the Department cordially welcomed the guest speaker and participants. On the occasion, Prof Nizamani highlighted the salient features of Pak-China relations in connection with the energy. He said that Pakistan has a long and symbolic relations with China. The long-standing ties between the two countries have been mutually supportive. On May 21 1951 diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China were established. Among other things, China has been helping to develop Pakistan’s infrastructure through the building of power plants, roads and communication nodes. Prof Nizamnai elaborated the economic relationship between two countries he said that economic trade between Pakistan and China is increasing at a rapid pace. Military and technological transactions continue to dominate. 60 Chinese companies were in Pakistan, 122 Chinese projects are going on board. 10,000 Chinese engineers are working here which shows China’s commitment to make Pakistan’s economy stronger. He explained that in 1989, People’s Republic of China signed an agreement with Pakistan to provide 300 MWe CHASNUPP-I power plant under the IAEA safeguards. By the 2000, China had expanded its contract with PAEC and is currently assisting construction of III, and IV power plants. CHASNUPP-II was completed in April 2011 and its installed capacity is 325 MW. Pakistan Government signed an agreement to build commercial nuclear power plants III and IV commercial nuclear power plants at Chashma, Punjab Province, each with 320–340 MW and costing PKR 129 billion, 80 billion of this from international sources, principally China Cost quoted then was US$ 1.7 billion. Beijing was financing 85% of the said amount of Project. Prof Nizamani further elaborated the role of China for the resolution of the energy crisis and shad a light on the different projects completed by China in the Energy Sector. Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) International Water & Electric Corporation (CWE) Wang Shaofang installed Capacity:969 MW Four Units @ 242 MW each. Annual Energy: 5.150 Billion electricity Units. A Chinese firm M/s Global Mining Company (GMC) will invest over four billion dollars in Thar coal to generate 900 megawatts of power by the year 2014. China to invest in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline 85% financed by China. TBEA – which is the fastest developed company in China’s power transmission industry, appreciated the company’s interest in Pakistan and its $ 3.5 billion agreement with Pakistan’s NTDC (National Transmission and Dispatch Company) and China Development Bank (CDB) to supply transmission equipment to Pakistan. Orient Group Inc China has purchased assets of British Petroleum Pakistan for $775 million. China is to invest US$535 million to restart a stalled refinery project in Pakistan. China’s private oil companies signed nearly 30 initial agreements. In the end, he said that Pakistan is blessed with natural resources, policies should be implemented now. Policies should not change with the change in government. We can even export energy if we produce it at optimum level. He added that media had built a image building between the two countries. Cultural proximity developed and there are no divergent relations between the two powers but there is convergence on regional and global level. Large number of students and faculty members attended the lecture.
Lecture on “Energy Crisis: Pak China Relations and Role of Media” organized by the Department of Media Studies
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