Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Global Times: According to Indian media, China appears to be backing away from its initial financial promises to Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Do you have a response to that?
Zhao Lijian: Such reports are groundless. As an important pilot project of the BRI, CPEC has maintained positive momentum of development since its inception in 2013. Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, there is no stop of the construction, no job cut and no withdrawal of workforce of the CPEC projects, which effectively supports Pakistan in fighting the epidemic and stabilizing the economy. These are facts that my colleagues and I shared with you on several occasions.
The second meeting of the CPEC Joint Working Group on International Cooperation and Coordination (JWG-ICC) between China and Pakistan was held last Friday in Xinjiang. Both sides reiterated their commitment to implementing the consensus of leaders, giving priority to industry, agriculture, science and technology and livelihood and extending to underdeveloped areas, in a bid to build CPEC into a demonstration project of quality BRI cooperation. Meetings of other working groups were also held in preparation for the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting of CPEC. The two sides are firmly determined in advancing CPEC that enjoys a bright prospect.
I want to stress that China’s input in the BRI, including CPEC, has increased despite global economic recession. In the first three quarters this year, China’s direct investment in non-financial sectors in BRI partner countries grew by around 30% year on year. China has provided as much support and assistance as possible to help many BRI partners combat COVID-19 and recover economy.
Prasar Bharati: A follow-up on the question regarding the CPEC. There were certain reports in Pakistani media which, citing some Pakistani officials, suggested that China is seeking additional promises from the Pakistani government on CPEC loan guarantee. I wonder if you have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: These reports are simply baseless.
On December 29, 2020, the spokesperson made he following additional remarks in response to a question as below:
Associated Press of Pakistan: Yesterday the 6th CPEC Media Forum was held online and offline simultaneously in Beijing and Islamabad. Senior government officials, intellectuals and a number of media persons attended. Do you have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: The Sixth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Media Forum, hosted by the Chinese embassy in Pakistan and organized by China Economic Net and Pakistan-China Institute, was convened online and offline on December 28. This virtual event was attended by around 100 participants including diplomatic envoys from both sides, Pakistani officials, and Chinese and Pakistani representatives from the media, think tanks and universities. Under the theme of “Post-epidemic China-Pakistan Media Cooperation”, attendees had in-depth discussions on topics such as promoting friendship and cooperation between China and Pakistan, and telling the true, mutually beneficial nature of CPEC cooperation. You may read the press release published by the Chinese embassy in Pakistan for more details.
We hope friends from the press in both countries will continue to play their bonding role to tell the story of China-Pakistan cooperation and consolidate our iron-clad friendship.
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