At the inaugural session on Feb 23, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtyar was the chief guest, while IPS Chairman Prof. Khurshid Ahmad chaired the session. The program began with a welcome address by IPS Executive Director Mr. Khalid Rahman, and brief remarks by ISAS Director Prof. Wen Fude.
At the second session on the security scenario in South Asia, which was presided over by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) Chairman Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, former Secretary General Foreign Affairs Mr. Akram Zaki, ISAS scholar Prof. Chen Jidong, Institute of Strategic Studies Director General Dr. Shireen Mazari, and research Fellow Mr. Fazalur Rehman read papers.
Dilating on the salient features of China’s policies, the speakers noted that its taking into cognizance regional and global developments, gradual and well-thought-out economic liberalization, developing medium and long-term policies, pursuit of ‘engagement, not confrontation, and ‘patiently’ pursuing for its objectives without provoking wars are the hallmarks of its deft and able leadership. With its focus on the twin goals of peace and development, China presents a model for others.
The concluding session “Economic and Trade Relations” , on Feb 24, was chaired by Dr. Riaz-ud-Din, who represented the Governor of the State Bank Dr. Ishrat Hussain while Minister for Privatization Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh was the Chief Guest. Prof. Wen Fude and former Chief Economist Mr. Fasih-ud-Din were the main speakers.
The speakers said there were times when South Asia and China were “doing equally badly”, but China soon outpaced South Asia and its remarkable performance has been possible because of its well-conceived planning, strategic thinking and consistency in policies. Existing trade imbalance can be reduced by Pakistan’s developing its tourism sector and export of fruit of “its fertile land”.
At the program in Peshawar on 25 Feb, chaired by Mr. Abdullah, Chairman NWFP Public Service Commission, the University officials announced to launch courses in the Chinese language.