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New Silk Roads to redefine global geo-politics: expert

By Our Staff Reporter 2016-12-20
LAHORE:TheChinese concept of Silk Roads is beyond the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor, and involves several other routes through Central and South East Asia.

`The Chinese plan is for a very long term and they are hoping that these routes will take shape in 35 years, by the time of the 100th anniversary of the Communist Revolution,` said Dr Di Meglio, president of the Asia Centre in Paris (France), during a talk on `Economic, strategic and environmental consequences of the new Silk Roads` at the Centre for Governance and Policy at IT University here on Monday.

A lot of things could happen by that time, Dr Meglio, who is an expert on China, added.

`China was also rapidly changing, and so we must not treat it as an old communist country,` emphasised Dr Meglio, who had just returned from a trip toBeijing.

He said China was very keen to see CPEC succeed. `It is a key part of its larger initiative.

Speaking on the international scenario, Dr Meglio said the new Silk Roads would certainly redefine global geo-politics but `we will see its nascent results only in the medium to long term.

TRIP: A delegation of students and teachers of different academic institutions of Gwadar arrived here on Monday on the invitation of the Punjab government.

The delegation arrived by Pakistan Air Force`s C-130 aircraft at Lahore airport from where it reached the Punjab University through buses.

A lunch was hosted in the honour of the delegation in which PU Registrar Prof Dr Liaquat Ali, Director Students Affairs Shahid Gul and others were present.

The delegation will visit various departments of the university on Tuesday (today), according to a spokesman.