CPEC to march forward as scheduled despite epidemic: Ambassador Hashmi
BEIJING: The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will continue its mutually beneficial march toward development, prosperity and win-win cooperation in line with the aspirations of the peoples of both countries, Pakistan Ambassador to China, Naghmana Hashmi said. The CPEC is a long-term bilateral economic project encompassing a vast array of short, medium and long-term projects. Despite the COVID-19 epidemic, there has been no suspension of trade flows and transportation linkages between Pakistan and China, she told Global Times.
She said that the overall impact of the epidemic on the CPEC, if any, is therefore too marginal and meager to merit any serious afterthought. “Nevertheless, I have unshakable faith in our mutual ability to make up for lost time and complete all projects within stipulated timelines.”
“As businesses and trade are gradually resuming in China, I want to strongly negate negative and unfounded aspersions caused by some cynical growth trajectories of the BRI and the CPEC. I would like to solemnly assure that the CPEC will continue its mutually beneficial march toward development, prosperity and win-win cooperation in line with the aspirations of the peoples of both countries,” she added.
Ambassador Hashmi said that Pakistan and China are iron brothers, all-weather strategic partners and the closest of neighbors. “Our two countries enjoy a unique relationship unprecedented in the annals of world history.” She remarked that this fabled friendship was forged in the crucible of time and has gone beyond the traditional parameters of a bilateral relationship. It has now transformed into a broad-based, long-term and strategic relationship which has set a new model for inter-state relations.
The CPEC as the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping is an unmistakable symbol of this abiding friendship and occupies a pivotal position in the development agenda of Pakistan. The CPEC has immense strategic significance for Pakistan and has already helped Pakistan to lay a strong infrastructure for the subsequent development of our industry, agriculture and human resources.
Ambassador Hashmi said that the viral infection presented a grave challenge for the Chinese government, causing a substantial loss of precious human lives and affecting business and trade and extended heartfelt condolences to the Chinese people and government for the loss of human lives as people fell victim to this deadly endemic.
She paid tribute to the indomitable will and courage of the people of Hubei in general, and the people of Wuhan in particular, for putting up a heroic fight against this challenge. – APP
While the prevailing epidemic will definitely be eliminated very soon, the resolve and character shown by the Chinese people during this crisis will always serve as a source of inspiration for countless others, she added.
APP