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New Chinese envoy Nong Rong holds high-level meetings with Pakistani leadership

China's new ambassador to Pakistan, Nong Rong met with COAS and the Chairman CPEC Authority, Asim Bajwa last week

The Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Nong Rong, last week met with the Chairman of CPEC authority Asim Saleem Bajwa. In his remarks about the meeting, he asserted China’s commitment to make Pakistan’s and China’s joint CPEC project a ‘high-quality’ and model project within the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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Nong Rong was born in Mashan County, Guangxi, in September 1967. He joined the Communist Party of China in January 1987 and began his political career in July 1991. After graduating from Peking University in 1991, he was assigned to the Guangxi Foreign Economic and Trade Commission, becoming director of the Cooperation Division in April 2002 and dean and director in January 2003. After working in the Department of Commerce of Guangxi Autonomous Region for a year, he was transferred to the Guangxi International Expo Affairs Bureau.

In April 2013, he was vice-mayor and deputy party chief of Fangchenggang, he remained in that position until December 2015, when he was transferred to Guigang and appointed vice-mayor and deputy party chief. In December 2019 he was promoted to become director of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of Guangxi Autonomous Region, a position he held until September 2020, when he was appointed the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, replacing Yao Jing.

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The Chinese envoy had called on the CPEC Authority Chairman Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa in Islamabad to exchange views on China-Pakistan relations and the construction of CPEC projects, and match agendas on the collaborative efforts between the two countries.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong meets high-level leaders


The chairman warmly welcomed Ambassador Nong to take up his new post, saying that the traditional friendship between China and Pakistan is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people and will grow stronger over time.

“The CPEC is an important project to change the destiny of Pakistan, and it has received the heartfelt support of the Pakistani government and people.”

Bajwa said, “the CPEC Authority is committed to providing a windowed one-stop service for the corridor project, and is willing to further strengthen communication and coordination with China to jointly promote new progress in cooperation in important areas such as Gwadar Port, infrastructure, industry, agriculture, social-economy, and will effectively protect the safety of CPEC projects and personnel so that the corridor can exert greater economic and social benefits and better benefit the people of the two countries”.

The Chinese envoy appreciated the chairman’s firm support for China-Pakistan relations and thanked him and the CPEC Authority for their work.

Nong Rong said China and Pakistan are “all-weather strategic partners”, and the CPEC is a pilot project of all-round cooperation between the two countries. “With the care and support of the top leaders of the two countries, the construction of the CPEC has continuously achieved positive results.”

Nong Rong speaking about the embassy in Pakistan, he said, that they are very willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with the authority, further implement the consensus of the leaders of the two countries, actively prepare for the 10th JCC, deepen and expand cooperation in the areas of industrial parks, agriculture, and social economy under CPEC.

Undermining the Success

Imtiaz Gul, writing for GVS earlier this month said that ‘Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the former speaker of the National Assembly fuelled up Sharif’s narrative by insinuating against the government and the military, saying they were fearful of an Indian strike had Pakistan not released pilot Abhinandan.

This amounted to an unprecedented breach of the sanctity of a civil-military in-camera meeting for two reasons; firstly, Shah Mehmood Qureshi never uttered words Ayaz Sadiq attributed to him. Secondly, even if it were true, responsible national politicians don’t spill the beans in the public. As Sadiq took to the floor of the National Assembly on October 28, the 2+2 Indo-US meeting of foreign and defines ministers was spicing up their joint declaration with strong allusions to both China and Pakistan on account of authoritarianism and terrorism.

Both Sharif and Sadiq simply provided the kind of ammunition that the Indian media keeps scavenging for.’

GVS News Desk