Beijing: China’s Sichuan province is now a major hub of Pakistan-China bilateral cooperation in both military and the socio-economic sectors. Big companies coming from the Chengdu, Sichuan region are heavily investing in Pakistan which in turn is giving boost to r trade and military-to-military relationship.
The official sources have said that in a recent conference held in Chengdu these companies said to bring this region more close to Pakistan for their socio-economic uplift and developing people-to-people contacts. Amna Baloch who is Pakistan’s consul-general in Chengdu talked about creating more opportunities for face-to-face dialogue between enterprises from Sichuan and Pakistan and encouraged more Sichuan corporations to invest in Punjab which has been declared sister province of Sichuan.
The United States set up its consulate general in Chengdu, in 1985 and later 16 countries including Pakistan have built their consulates general in the city. These countries consider their consulates general in Chengdu to be their stronghold in Southwest China, through which they are able to deepen their economic and cultural ties with the region by taking part in projects relating to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Sichuan, especially Chengdu has an important position in the implementation of the strategy which was proposed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to promote global interconnectivity, cooperation and development. Cities in Sichuan have more than 90 twin towns and sister cities in Europe. 500 European corporations have invested or are currently investing in Sichuan. Sichuan is a big province in science and technology and is seeking more innovative ideas for growth. Chengdu has many tourist attractions, picturesque landscapes and deeply-rooted cultural traditions.
The Punjab government signed an agreement of sister city relations between Chengdu last year. In the agreement the two provinces are engaged to carry out cooperation in fields like education, culture, sports, youth affairs, urban planning, waste water management, infrastructure, environment, public health and exchange of trade and commercial delegations.
The thunder multi-role fighter J-17 thunder was also being manufactured jointly by China and Pakistan for which the development started in 1999. Most of the development was carried out in China by Chengdu.