“The Confucius Institutes in Pakistan are critical and will have an important role to spread Chinese culture and to enhance understanding between our countries; Similarly, Urdu language centers and Pakistan Study Centers in China are playing a similar role,” said Mumtaz Zehra Baloch, Spokesperson and Additional Foreign Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
She is Chief Guest at Silk Road Cultural Forum themed on “China-Pakistan Civilization Exchanges and Mutual Learning” being organized by the Pakistan-China Institute, Islamabad, in collaboration with China Study Centre, COMSATS University, Islamabad.
She said that the world has become increasingly interconnected and Pakistan, China, and the entire continent were becoming more and more interlinked with connectivity projects, and “this is the pure magic of ancient Silk Road”.
According to Mumtaz Baloch, the five major goals of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) include connectivity, people-to-people exchanges and contacts which are critical for understanding and mutual cooperation between countries and people.
She said that Pakistan and China’s relations were based on mutual respect and understanding. “This is a prime example of friendship between two countries which have different cultures, languages, civilizations and even religions,” Baloch said, adding that this relation has prospered over the last seven decades and has taken root in the hearts of our people.
Baloch emphasized the further development of China-Pakistan friendship and understanding via cultural exchanges. “It is important that we try to understand each other’s culture and language because with this it will be easier for us to appreciate our differences and celebrate our commonalities,” she said.