The Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, a prestigious think-tank, is planning to open a Pakistan Research Centre in its premises by the end of this year. This was stated by the President of the Academy, He Zukun, in a meeting with Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, Muhammad Mudassir Tipu.

The meeting took place in Kunming, capital of Western China’s Yunnan province.

The Consul General while warmly welcoming Academy’s decision to open Pakistan Research Centre, assured the Academy of full support of Pakistan in strengthening the Centre and help it become a strong bridge between Pakistan and Yunnan. The CG underscored that with the growth and development impetus generated by CPEC, wider opportunities are being created to deepen commercial, trade, investment , and cultural ties between the West of China and Pakistan. He added that: “Yunnan’s companies are investing in Pakistan. Health sector of Baluchistan and Yunnan are deepening ties in eradication of polio and other areas .Various universities of Yunnan and Pakistan were entering into co-operative arrangements with each other to promote research and academic relations between each other. Every year Pakistan has a strong representation in the Kunming Trade Fair (a Fair being organized by Yunnan since almost two decades).” These, CG maintained, were signs demonstrating expansion of ties.

He Zukun informed the CG that this week five scholars from Pakistan attended the “China-South Asia Think Tank Forum “held in Kunming. The Forum, He, underscored provides Pakistani scholars to have an opportunity to interact and brainstorm cutting edge ideas with the broader intellectual community of South Asia and helped Pakistan situate itself in setting its future national priorities.

The CG underlined that Pakistan attaches high importance to participation in the Kunming Fair and hoped that Pakistan’s traders will be able to secure trade orders from Yunnan’s business community thus enhancing Pakistan’s exports to Yunnan.

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