Ambassador (Retd) Syed Hasan Javed, Director, Chinese Studies Centre at the NUST School of Social Sciences & Humanities (S3H), has been selected by China’s National Special Book Award Committee (SBAC) for conferment of Chinese Special Book Award. Ambassador Javed has written overall seven books, six of which are on various China-specific subjects, including Chinese Made Easy (a bestseller in Pakistan); Chinese English Urdu Dictionary; Chinese Soft Power Code; Rise of China and the Asian Century; China’s Model of Development; and China, West and the Islamic World. These books have also been translated in the Chinese language and are a great value addition to better understand China and facilitate close Pakistan-China friendship and cooperation.
It merits mention that Mr Javed is the first Pakistani scholar to have earned the prestigious Chinese Special Book Award. Launched in 2005, the award has been conferred upon over 108 distinguished individuals from 44 countries, for either writing books on China or translating Chinese works. Due to Covid-19, the Annual Award ceremony could not be held in 2020. This year again, due to Corona related travel restrictions, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Mr Moin Ul Haque was invited by the SBAC Organisers to receive the Award on behalf of Ambassador Syed Hasan Javed on September 14, 2021. The award carries a sum of Yuan 100,000.