Islamabad: Geng Ying, the Chairperson and Secretary General of the China Cultural Heritage Foundation (CCHF) and the daughter of late Geng Biao, former Chinese Vice Premier and Ambassador to Pakistan is leading a 40-member cultural delegation to Pakistan on Monday, says a press release received from Beijing here today.
Geng Ying is a staunch supporter of Pakistan-China relations and her visit would play a pivotal role in increasing people-to-people contact between the two nations. This visit is part of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.
Her father Geng Biao was China’s second Ambassador to Pakistan who served there from 1956 to 1960. Earlier, when the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, ten top generals of the PLA were selected to serve as ambassadors to the countries which were most important to China. Geng Biao one of among them.
Highlights of his tenure included Pakistani Prime Minister’s first official visit to China, Premier Zhou Enlai’s first state visit to Pakistan and signing of border agreement between the two countries.
In 1978, Geng Biao visited Pakistan as China’s Vice Premier on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Karakoram Highway. He also planted a sapling in the Shakarparian garden in Islamabad. This sapling is still a lush green tree.
A comprehensive programme has been chalked out for the visit of the delegation for its week-long stay in Pakistan including meetings with senior Pakistani leadership.
The opening Ceremony of the exhibition organized by the China Culture Heritage Foundation is slated for Tuesday in which the Chinese cultural troupe will present its performance.
The Chinese cultural delegation will also be taken to Lok Virsa Museum, Shakarparian, Saidpur Village, Faisal Mosque and Daman-e-Koh.
Geng Ying, a descendant of older generation of proletarian revolutionaries, is also a distinguished painter having years of experience in portraying various aspects of Chinese culture through this medium.
She is pursuing the development of Chinese culture and the protection of the country’s heritage by devoting her life to the Foundation. Now 70 years of age, she is still actively involved in the protection of cultural heritage-related research activities.
Deeply influenced by the Chinese culture and art, she specializes in Chinese painting. She created many masterpieces, such as “Princess Wencheng Entering Tibet”, “Wen-Chi’s Captivity and Return”, “Red Berries grow in the southern land”, “Bodhisattva at Ease” and “Torrent at the Three Gorges.”
Geng Ying, together with several associates, has devoted herself to the study of cultural heritage throughout China. They also undertook a research interchange with the German Trier Cultural Heritage Protection Group. Through international co-operation they hope to find the best way to protect cultural heritage.
CCHF is taking a broader approach of including corporate leaders, artistes as well as non-governmental actors for social welfare and poverty alleviation. This visit would bring these segments of the two countries closer to each other while paving the way for future cooperation between them.
Geng Ying hosted Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Ms. Farzana Raja in August and a women parliamentarian’s delegation earlier this month.
CCHF signed an MoU with BISP for the establishment of mutual cooperation mechanism for international collaboration to find and convince the corporate and public sectors as well as individual donors for raising funds for BISP.
Under the MoU, this cooperation would particularly include public welfare, education, economy and trade whereby both parties have agreed to establish a platform for information and resource sharing for meeting the objectives of the MoU.
Another tripartite MoU was also signed between BISP, China Cultural Heritage Foundation and Messrs. Xianjiang Zhongyuan, petroleum and natural gas group Co. Ltd.
Under this MoU, all the parties agreed to work together in corporation with each other for the accomplishment of intended investments of Messrs. Xianjiang Co. in Hydro Electric power and mining projects in Pakistan.
It was agreed that with reference to its corporate social responsibilities, Messrs. Xianjiang Co. will donate two percent of the net profit gain from its potential investment and intended business in Pakistan to cause of BISP and CCHF each. The amount will be used for poverty alleviation in Pakistan.
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