ISLAMABAD, May 03 (APP):Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday said Pakistan would take part in the celebrations for 70th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China by sending a cultural troupe.

Talking to Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, who called on her here, she said strengthening cooperation in the fields of information and culture would further cement relations between the two countries by promoting people-to-people contacts.

Dr Firdous said all weather Pak-China friendship reflected the unshakeable bond between the people of two countries.

During the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China, she said, a free trade agreement was signed, which would give preferential treatment to Pakistan on the lines of ASEAN countries.

She said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was a visionary project of President Xi Jingping, which would connect people around the regions and integrate economies for their shared prosperity.

als in Pakistan after dubbing in Urdu, the special assistant said Pakistan had a vibrant drama industry and “we would like Pakistani dramas to be telecast on Chinese television networks as well”.

She also hailed the signing of an agreement regarding commercial release of Urdu feature film ‘Parwaz Hai Junoon’ during the current month in China. “Films and dramas are one of the greatest mediums to promote cultural values of any society,” she added.

The Chinese ambassador emphasized the need to further strengthen cultural cooperation and termed it one of the key components to establish a connect between the people of two countries.

He also briefed Dr Firdous on various training programmes conducted by the Chinese Embassy for the media persons in Pakistan.

The ambassador sought the Information Ministry’s cooperation in holding a movie festival in Islamabad. The special assistant appreciated the idea and assured her full assistance in that regard.

The ambassador also stressed the need for interaction among the film makers and distributers with a view to strengthen cooperation in the sector of film.

Dr Firdous said it was essential to promote those Pak-China joint ventures, which were aimed at welfare and prosperity of the people.

She also emphasized the need for exchange of delegations in the fields of media, information and culture so that both sides could learn from each other’s best practices and expertise.

Both the sides agreed to jointly prepare the calendar of activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of founding of People’s Republic of China. The ambassador also said that he would consult with the Ministry of I&B regarding exchange of delegations of journalists.