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“The Belt and Road: China-Pakistan Cultural Tour Camp at Nanjing University


Historically the relationship between China and Pakistan has always been close socially, politically, economically and educationally, so the project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance this relationship, and both countries are well conscious of the importance of this economic corridor.

  

The educational institutions of both countries are doing their best to educate their students about the economic corridor. To enhance the cooperation, a 10-day workshop on “The Belt and Road: China-Pakistan Cultural Tour Camp” was held at Nanjing University from December 11-20, 2016. Participating in this winter camp were 24 outstanding graduate students from different colleges and universities of China and Pakistan. Also present were professors from different universities who delivered lectures on different aspects of the economic corridor and explained the importance of “one Belt, one Road.”

  

Professor Tahir Amin, vice chancellor of Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan, Pakistan, Professor Zhu Qingbao, vice chancellor of Nanjing University, China, Professor Muhammad Iqbal Chawla, dean of social sciences, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, and Professor Muhammad Shafique, director of the History department, Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan, Pakistan delivered their speeches. This camp was hosted by Professor Yu Wenjie, School of History, Nanjing University, China.  

  

     Professors Zhu Qingbao (NJU), Tahir Amin (BZU), Yu. Wenjie (NJU), M. Iqbal (PU), and M. Shafique (BZU)

  

In the afternoon of December 11, 2016, a simple opening ceremony was held where the students each introduced themselves at the School of History, Nanjing University. In the next eight days, the Chinese and Pakistani specialists gave lectures and held extensive discussions with one another. Indeed, all participants treasured the opportunity and they learned from each other and exchanged their views.  


             On December 11, 2016, the opening ceremony of “the Belt and Road: China-Pakistan Cultural Tour Camp” at Nanjing University

  

The academic activities of the winter camp started on December 12, 2016. In the morning session, Professor Liu Yingsheng, from Nanjing University, lectured on “the Silk Road and China.” The lecture was divided into three parts: the “Silk Road,” the history of China, and other international communities. He talked about Princess Wencheng and Xuanzang and explained some historical facts and figures as examples. He also discussed the length of the “Silk Road” and different historical aspects and practical significance of “the new Silk Road.”

  

Professor Liu Yingsheng is delivering his lecture on “Silk Road and China”


In the afternoon, Professor Farooq Ahmed Dar, from Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan, delivered his lecture on “Pakistan’s China policy: A historical perspective.” He covered different historical periods, discussed Pakistan’s development and evolution, history of diplomatic relations with China, and particularly highlighted the value and significance of this relationship between China and Pakistan.


                 Professor Farooq Ahmed Dar’s presentation on “Pakistan’s China policy: A historical perspective”

  

In the morning of December 13, Professor Muhammad Iqbal Chawla, dean of social sciences, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, gave a lecture on “CPEC: Challenges and prospects.” He explained the actual conditions and construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPEC), especially the economic development of both sides of the corridor, the economic and cultural effects on each other, and he expressed confidence in the development of economic corridor, with prospects and hope.


    Professor Muhammad Iqbal Chawla ‘s presentation on “CPEC: Challenges and prospects”

  

In the afternoon, Professor Yu Wenjie gave a lecture on “the Great Exhibition of London and its Heritage.” He explained the particular significance of Chinese silk, porcelain, jade, tea and other produce in the relationship between China and international communities.  

  

Professor Yu Wenjie is delivering his lecture on “The great exhibition of London and its heritage”

  

In the morning of December 15, 2016, Professor Muhammad Shafique, director of History department, Babhuddin Zakriya University Multan, Pakistan, lectured on “the Cultural Landscapes of CPEC.” He explained the economic history and cultural landscape along the CPEC and its historical importance and attractions. He also explained the historical evolution of the bilateral economic and cultural exchanges and their significance.

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   Professor Muhammad Shafique’s presentation on “the cultural landscapes of CPEC”


The next presentation, in the afternoon, was “The Chinese lacquer ware found in Afghanistan,” given by Professor Zhang Liangren, from School of History, Nanjing University. He spoke of Afghanistan’s archaeological excavations, especially the lacquer ware from China. With many images, he discussed the historical and cultural significance of the Chinese lacquer ware. The “Silk Road,” according to him, linked the business and culture of international communities.

  

Professor Zhang Liangren is presenting on “Chinese lacquer ware found in Afghanistan”

  

In the afternoon of December 16, Professor Zhu Feng, director of International Relations department, Nanjing University, made a presentation on “the Sino-American relations: confrontation and co-existence.” He explained the relationships of the two countries in a historical perspective, based on specific cases and materials and argued that China intends to have friendly cooperation with the rest of the international communities and will have a major impact on world history.


     Professors Zhu Feng (NJU), Yu. Wenjie (NJU), Iqbal (PU), Shafique (BZU) and Farooq (QAU)

  

In the morning session on December 19, Professor Tahir Amin, vice chancellor of Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan, Pakistan, gave a presentation on “Prospects of Economic Corridor.” He explained the economic and cultural significance and impact of this economic corridor and the challenges it is faced with in the context of history. He carefully analyzed the views of Huntington and Francis Fukuyama, using the cases of the Balochistan province of Pakistan and the India-Pakistan relations.


Vice Chancellor Professor Tahir Amin (BZU) addressing the participants of the Winter Camp at (NJU)


During the winter camp, a cultural tour to Yixing was organized for the participants. On the trip, the discussion centered such themes as the culture and landscape heritage and its history and international impact. The participants also visited Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Nanjing Brocade Museum, and the Nanjing Massacre Victims Memorial Hall. 


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       Glimpses of Yixing Visit


Visit to Nanjing Massacre Museum

  

In the afternoon of December 19, Vice Chancellor Zhu Qingbao met with Vice Chancellor Professor Tahir Amin, of Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan, Pakistan, Professor Muhammad Iqbal Chawla, dean of social sciences Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, Professor Muhammad Shafique, director of History Department (BZU) and Professor Yu. Wenjie, School of History, Nanjing University. They friendly talked to each other and signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the three Universities, Nanjing University, China, Bahauddin ZAkriya University, Multan, Pakistan, and Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan.


At the closing ceremony on  December 19, both presidents expressed their hope that China and Pakistan will further strengthen the inter-university cooperation and promote friendship.


The afternoon of December 19, 2016, Vice Chancellor Zhu Qingbao spoke at the closing ceremony of the winter camp


The afternoon of December 19, 2016,  Vice Chancellor Professor Tahir Amin spoke at the closing ceremony of the  winter camp


        Group Photo with Vice Chancellor Zhu Qingbao (NJU), Vice Chancellor Tahir Amin (BZU), Professor Iqbal, dean of social sciences (PU),  Professor Yu Wenjie (NJU) and Professor Shafique (BZU)




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