China, South Asia friendship organizations boost mutual trust, cooperation

By Zhong Wenxing (People's Daily Online) 11:24, December 24, 2021

With the theme of “Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development,” the 7th China South Asia Friendship Organizations’ Forum was held on Wednesday via video link to promote friendly exchanges between China and South Asian countries.

Representatives participate in the 7th China South Asia Friendship Organizations’ Forum via a virtual call online on Dec 22, 2021. (Photo/ CPAFFC)

About 140 participants from China and six South Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Nepal, joined the event both online and offline.

They reached a consensus on enhancing people-to-people connectivity between China and South Asia, joining hands to build the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), strengthening win-win cooperation for common development, and promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. A joint declaration for the forum was also issued.

The forum was co-hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the Organization for South Asian Regional Friendship and Cooperation with China (OSARFCC).

“In the face of new opportunities and challenges, China has always been committed to deepening South-South cooperation and upholding multilateralism,” Lin Songtian, the President of CPAFFC remarked at the event. 

Lin Songtian, President of CPAFFC at the 7th China South Asia Friendship Organizations’ Forum. (Photo/ CPAFFC)

Lin proposed three initiatives to foster win-win cooperation and common development, including supporting South Asian friendship organizations in promoting capacity building while mobilizing resources from China’s local governments, enterprises and other non-governmental sectors to carry out meaningful projects for the benefit of people, in addition to assisting them with other people-oriented activities.

Anoop Bhatarrai, President of OSARFCC and the Nepal-China Executives Council, expressed his gratefulness to China for its help directed at South Asian countries in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of OSARFCC.

"While most countries were reluctant to provide vaccines to South Asian Countries, China extended a helping hand and provided badly needed medical supplies and vaccines," Bhatarrai said. "China has proved that it is truly a friend in need!"

Bhatarrai encouraged South Asian countries and China to work together to pursue the common goal of creating a beautiful world and building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Hou Yanqi, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, said she witnessed and experienced many important moments in China-South Asia cooperation. She was delighted and proud to see many high-quality projects under the BRI start from nothing but scratch and come to benefit the people.

“Pakistan is committed to working with South Asian countries to achieve our common goals on the basis of mutual respect, trust and cooperation. We also sincerely acknowledge, appreciate and support China’s efforts and initiatives in promoting friendship and collaborative partnerships with the region,” noted Moin ul Haque, Pakistani ambassador to China.

Altaf Hossian Choudhury, President of the Bangladesh-China Cultural, Economic & Mass Communication Center, spoke highly of BRI. "The international community has welcomed the BRI and its positive impact… the BRI reaffirms China’s commitment to building and opening its economy, ensures free and inclusive trade, opposes all forms of protectionism, endeavors to promote universal rules-based opening, and a non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system ensuring ‘win-win’ at every level," he said in his video speech. 

(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Liang Jun)


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