Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy has so­lu­tion to all of Pak­istan’s woes


Daily Messenger - - National - By Zahid H. Karani

AWN TV tele­cast a doc­u­men­tary re­cently about the tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ments that have taken place in China which should be in­ter­est­ing to the Pak­istani peo­ple and govern­ment. The gist of the doc­u­men­tary is Pak­istan will progress and pros­per much more quickly if it whole heart­edly goes to adopt the Chi­nese tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in all spheres of Pak­istani life.

I watched the doc­u­men­tary aired in Dawn TV about China, the episode 1 Tech­nol­ogy Chang­ing Life clearly told what hap­pened in Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy to­day. In past 5 years, un­der the lead­er­ship of CPC with Mr. Xi Jin­ping at its core, China rapidly be­come a global in­no­va­tion pow­er­house thanks to im­proved ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity, in­put in re­search and de­vel­op­ment and pol­icy sup­port to in­no­va­tion.

I vis­ited China in July this year, I have a strong feel­ing that the cur­rent eco­nomic model of China is seek­ing a rapid tran­si­tion from "Made in China" to "Cre­ated in China", and China is ex­pected to rule the tech­nol­ogy realm in var­i­ous fields. Within the last five years, the govern­ment has ded­i­cated it­self to mod­ern­ize the eco­nomic sec­tors and boost the in­dus­trial value-added and spec­i­fied the ra­tio of in­no­va­tion in­put in the na­tional Five-Year Plan. Sur­pris­ing, China’s Re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) ex­pen­di­tures rose 52.2 per­cent from 2012 to 1.57 tril­lion Chi­nese yuan in 2016, and tech-based econ­omy help China’s GDP ex­panded by an av­er­age an­nual rate of 7.2 per­cent dur­ing 2013-2016. What a amaz­ing achieve­ment.

Not only in the na­tional level, Chi­nese com­pa­nies are also soar­ing to the first class in the world. Just at Tues­day this week, Chi­nese tech and ecom­merce giant Alibaba sur­passed its U.S. coun­ter­part Ama­zon as the world's big­gest e-com­merce com­pany as the Hangzhou-based com­pany reached the thresh­old of 470 bil­lion U.S. dol­lars in mar­ket value.

It’s true that China still lags be­hind ma­jor in­no­va­tion-driven economies such as Is­rael, the Repub­lic of Korea and Ja­pan, but we could clearly see what hap­pened in past 5 years, our neigh­bor has reached the world’s top level in many realms.

Later this month, 19th CPC Na­tional Con­gress will be held in Bei­jing, af­ter it China will run by a strong im­pe­tus, I hope Pak­istan re­al­izes that this presents an ideal op­por­tu­nity to im­port new tech­nol­ogy from China un­der the frame­work of CPEC. Let the lat­est tech­nol­ogy from our great­est friends the Chi­nese, change the lives of the Pak­istani peo­ple as quickly as pos­si­ble.

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