The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) held the inaugural ceremony of its newly established China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) on June 16, 2017. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Mr. Sun Weidong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Islamabad, was also present at the occasion.
Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood Chairman ISSI thanked the honourable Chief Guest and Ambassador Sun Weidong for gracing the occasion. Ambassador Khalid Mahmood said that the inauguration of CPSC at the Institute symbolises the ever-green friendship between Pakistan and China. He introduced the members of CPSC including the Director of CPSC, Dr. Ahmad Rashid Malik, and its research team: Ms. Neelum Nigar, Mr. Muhammad Faisal, and Mr. Ali Haider. The Chairman emphasised that ever since the establishment of ISSI in 1973, it has advised successive governments on various matters of strategic significance. Likewise, CPSC, as an integral part of the Institute, will also conduct similar efforts in this regard, and will endeavour to provide research-based inputs on various facets of Pakistan-China relations which have consistently contributed to the peace and stability in South Asia. He emphasised that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the stimulus behind the launch of this Centre, as we believe that CPEC, while being economic in nature, will also become a knowledge and research corridor. The Chairman also stressed that the dedicated aim of the centre will be to provide policy proposals on solidifying China-Pakistan ties. Their findings will be published in form of books, reports, and CPSC newsletters.