Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Remarks at his Regular Press Conference
Prasar Bharati: There were reports about five missing Indian youth from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Indian minister for youth affairs yesterday tweeted that Indian army has sent hotline message to the PLA about 5 missing Indians. Could you please provide any update on it?
Zhao Lijian: China’s position on the east sector of the China-India boundary, or Zangnan (the southern part of China’s Xizang), is consistent and clear. The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called “Arunachal Pradesh”. I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.
Associated Press of Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan said in an interview that Pakistan’s economic future is now linked to China and the bilateral relations between Islamabad and Beijing are “better than ever before.” He also said that China’s growth rate was faster than any other country in the world, and Pakistan can benefit from the manner in which China has developed and has lifted its people out of poverty. He also refuted rumors about attempts to renegotiate CPEC cooperation terms with China. What’s your comment?
Zhao Lijian: China appreciates Prime Minister Imran Khan’s positive comments on China-Pakistan relations.
As all-weather strategic cooperative partners, China and Pakistan always enjoy mutual trust and support. This year, after standing the test of COVID-19, China-Pakistan relations have become even stronger with greater mutual trust, cooperation and friendship. The CPEC Authority, an important pilot project of BRI cooperation and a flagship for bilateral cooperation, has registered new progress against all odds. China stands ready to work together with Pakistan to advance cooperation in all sectors and forge a closer community with a shared future in a new era to bring more benefits for the two peoples.