ISLAMABAD   -    China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is the crystalliza­tion of the all-weather strategic coop­erative partnership between China and Pakistan.

This was stated by an eminent Chi­nese scholar Professor Dr Wang Yiwei at the “International media dialogue on the role of BRI in China Pakistan rela­tion development in the past decade.”

The dialogue organized on the top­ic was attended by a large number of international journalists, scholars, ex­perts and academicians working on CPEC research projects.

The keynote speaker Wang Yiwei, the Jean Monnet Chair Professor, Director of Institute of International Affairs, Di­rector of Center for European Studies at Renmin University of China said that the reality of the CPEC is reflected in the four pillars: energy, infrastructure, ports and development zones.

“Is the world headed for fragmenta­tion, confrontation or convergence?” he asked. Interconnectivity is the key to the future of mankind. He told that Chi­na-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the flagship project of BRI’s six economic corridors.

Wang noted that for BRI on land and at sea, to achieve land-sea connectivi­ty, not only is to help Xinjiang, even the whole Central Asia create a shortcut to enter the India Ocean, but to help Pa­kistan narrow the gap between north-south development, which allows Paki­stan to better integrate into the process of industrialization, urbanization and globalization. In the future, it will also benefit neighboring countries, such as Afghanistan and the countries in South Asian Subcontinent, and assist in achieving the goals of the 2030 Agen­da for Sustainable Development, signif­icant in setting up an example.

Moreover, the construction of nation­al capacity for governance concerned also mirrors the all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Pakistan in economy, peo­ple’s livelihood and future develop­ment, to pursue peace and stability through development, to strengthen friendship through common develop­ment, to realize the mission and val­ue of cultural exchanges and mutu­al learning through interconnectivity, Wang stated.