China agrees cooperation with Pakistan in space technology

Source:  APP Published in Science & Technology on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PESHAWAR - The Chinese government has agreed with the proposal of Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, making the collaboration between Pakistan and China in space technology as part of the Karamay declaration under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

At the Pak-China forum meeting held in Karamay-Xinjiang last week, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal proposed space technology collaboration between Pakistan and China, an official of the forum said, adding that the declaration was later approved unanimously after the two-day meeting ended on August 12.

At the concluding session, Ahsan Iqbal said that bilateral collaboration on space technology would take Pakistan-China relations to new heights. He stressed upon a joint launch of space missions consisting astronauts from both countries. "This is the strength of the CPEC to increase more connectivity between the two friendly countries. It will shape up the future destiny of both the nations through communication linkages," he said.

Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong was also a part of the forum. He labelled the meetings as successful in increasing understanding among the related stakeholders for implementing the economic corridor. He pointed out the field of energy and communication as a major part of the CPEC.

Over 300 officials, businesspersons and public figures were a part of the two-day forum. Another decision made at the forum was to make these meetings a permanent platform that will meet every year to examine the project and present collaboration on broader aspects.

The forum will also be used to ensure the project's true objective of promoting Pakistan-China relations. At the end of the closing session, Senator Mushahid Hussain and China's National People’s Congress Committee Vice Chairperson Madam Baige Zaho gave a detailed joint presentation on the approvals and achievements of the CPEC forum.