People-to-people coopera 上海千花tion key to further strengthening China-Pakistan relations

Naan and butter chicken masala Photo: Mahnoor Babur/GT

The extraordinary friendship between China and Pakistan is 69 years strong this year. Over the years, this friendship has led to ever closer cultural integration in the two countries as many Chinese started visiting Pakistan and Pakistanis have begun visiting China.

It goes without saying that the food of a nation is an important part of its culture. As such to learn about a country, be it China or Pakistan, means you must familiarize yourself with its culinary culture.

Over the years many authentic Chinese eateries have opened up in Pakistan. While this was initially to cater to the taste buds of the many Chinese working and living there, but now it is to fulfill locals’ demand for authentic Chinese food.

Similarly, with the growing number of Pakistanis (especially students) in China, there has been an increase in the number of Pakistani restaurants in the country.

A team from the Global Times set ou,爱上海Suleyman,t to check one of the more popular Pakistani restaurants in Beijing: Khan Baba. The team set out with a Pakistani who had some useful suggestions on what to eat and how to eat it.

Upon our arrival we were pleasantly surprised to see that the other customers did not just include Pakistani expats but also many Chinese and people from other countries as well. Our group spoke to some Chinese students there who said that their friend, a regular to the place, had recommended it to them. They said that they loved the food and would be returning very often.

Khan Baba has been operating in Beijing for 10 years now, attracting a diverse clientele by serving authentic Pakistani food cooked by a Pakistani chef. The manager said that he feels pride and happiness when he sees his Chinese customers enjoying their food and that they always give positive feedback after meals. He also said that they were currently working on a Chinese-Pakistani fusion menu, and were very keen on introducing it.

Over lunch we learned many things about Pakistani culture, such as how hosts always worry that guests are being too polite and so push them to eat more out of sheer concern and good intentions. In both cultures hospitality is strongly instilled, and guests are treated with a lot of respect and the best food the host can provide.

Chinese people are welcomed as friends in Pakistan not just as foreign visitors. We saw that in Khan Baba too.

It’s true that in this age of globalization, China and Pakistan’s cultural and economic relationship will grow further, but to attain the utmost success, people-to-people cooperation and cultural integration are a must.

Celebrating occasions like Chinese New Year or cultural,上海龙凤419论坛Shania, integration through food culture provide tangible opportunities to further cement their friendship.

 

Prelude to trade war toughened up Chinese solar panel makers, led to technological le Shelwinad

Workers install solar panels at a new power station in Ji’an, East China’s Jiangsu Province on June 19. Photo: IC


China’s solar panel makers have entered an advanced stage of technological sophistication called “No Man’s Land”, meaning there are no competitors to take reference from, after being toughened up by years of trade conflicts before the current China-US trade war, a senior executive of a Chinese solar panel maker told the Global Times. 


“The global leadership position can be measured from the sense of technological levels, cost effectiveness and the completeness of the industrial chain,” Qian Jing, vice president of JinkoSolar Holding Co,  said of China’s photovoltaic manufacturing capacity.


Chinese solar panel producers including JinkoSolar, the world’s biggest solar panel maker, which is also listed in New York, have been embroiled in repeated trade disputes with the US and the EU since at least 2012. These antidumping probes and penalties affected some Chinese companies, but the ones that survived were toughened up so much that they rose to become global industry forerunners. 


Qian used the phrase “No Man’s Land’, a concept brought to media attention by global telecom giant Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei when he described his company’s pursuit of being an industry pioneer.


Chinese firms are the best in the world, accounting for about 80 percent of global market share in solar panels, Qian told the Global Times on the sidelines of the ongoing World,上海419论坛Connor, Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019, also known as Summer Davos.


Chinese solar panel makers started early on to shift some of their plants abroad and diversify end markets for their products.


The US market neither accounts for too much of JinkoSolar’s business nor can US c,上海贵族宝贝论坛Suleyman,ustomers afford not to use Chinese solar panels, given that there are no alternatives, Qian said, noting that this sector is to a very large extent not affected by the trade war.


Experts attending a Davos seminar said that Chinese companies will experience a significant uplift in quality in the coming decade because of the trade war. For solar manufacturing, this seems to have already become a reality.


“All said, no one likes a trade war,” Qian said.



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