BEIJING – China Wednesday castigate another bid by the US to get Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar designated as Global Terrorist through its resolution at the UNSC backed by its allies, terming the move a “bad precedent” that would “only complicates the issue”.
“The US action is not consistent with UN rules and customary practice. It is setting a bad precedent and only complicates the issue. It is not conducive to peace and stability in South Asia. China will continue to adopt a constructive and responsible attitude to participate in discussions and deliberations on the designation issue. We hope there will be a proper solution to this issue,” said China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shung while addressing media briefing here.
The spokesman was responding to a question about the US move on March 27 of circulating a draft resolution to the powerful 15-nation Council to blacklist Masood Azhar and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo.
Geng said China of late has repeatedly stated its position on the Masood Azhar designation issue and it hopes relevant sides will meet each other half way and continue to properly handle this issue under the framework of the 1267 committee last week security council members exchanged views on the US proposed draft resolution.
“A vast majority believes that efforts should be made under the 1267 committee to solve this designation through dialogue and consultation instead of pushing the draft resolution at the (UN) Security Council. Also China has been working hard with relevant sides and is making positive results. The US knows that very well. Under such circumstances the US still insists on pushing the draft resolution, doesn’t make any sense,” he said and added that China will continue to adopt a responsible and constructive attitude to participate in consultations and deliberations and we hope this issue will finally be resolved properly.
The spokesman was also asked to comment over the a statement by an Indian retired general who has served as corps commander in Indian occupied Kashmir, telling a seminar in UK said that Pulwama incident was inevitable because of Indian govt policies in occupied Kashmir. “On the recent incident in Kashmir, China has a stated its position. We hope South Asia could maintain peace and stability and we hope India and Pakistan will engage in dialogue and would resolve outstanding issues through dialogue and consultation.
Responding to another question about US participation in upcoming second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation being held from April 25-27 in Beijing, Geng Shuang said the United States is yet to confirm its participation in the Forum.
US yet to decided on attending BR Forum
“It is the U.S. side that should be asked this question, if they have made a decision,” said Geng, adding that representatives from over 100 countries, including nearly 40 foreign leaders, have confirmed their participation.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is about economic cooperation and its spirit is open, inclusive and transparent, Geng said.
China always welcomes like-minded countries and parties to participate in the initiative, boost win-win cooperation, and achieve more tangible outcomes, he added.
China is currently stepping up preparations for the second forum, Geng noted, adding that China as a host country has the confidence to run this forum well.
The BRI has gained active response and participation since it was announced; more than 150 countries and international organizations have signed cooperation agreements with China.
BRI cooperation crucial for post-Covid economic recovery, says expert
ISLAMABAD: The Belt and Road Initiative is crucial for global economic recovery in the post-pandemic era and building a community with a shared future for mankind by following a path of cooperation, unity and common development, said a political economist.
“Enhanced constructive engagements based on the principle of win-win cooperation is the need of the hour to overcome the challenges posed by the still raging pandemic, and ensure sustainable global economic recovery,” Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, director of the China Study Center at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, an Islamabad-based think-tank, told Xinhua in an interview.
He said that China is strongly committed to implementing the BRI for the common good, which is evident from the recently held high-level conference on the Belt and Road cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
“It (conference) shows the strong commitment of China to global cooperation and sustainable recovery and development […] China has assured its support to BRI countries. China is willing to provide market opportunities, investment opportunities and growth opportunities for global recovery,” the expert said.
Terming the BRI a proactive constructive economic cooperation plan, Ramay said that despite the global economic disruptions and worldwide lockdowns, China did not pause the initiative and continue to pour investments into various countries, especially the least developed countries.
China kept on investing in BRI programs when the world was going through a serious economic fallout due to Covid-19, giving the much-needed breathing space to a number of countries, including Pakistan, he said.
He said the projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an important pilot project of the BRI, progressed steadily during the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the projects also helped generate employments and were a great relief in the hardest of times.
During the pandemic, Pakistan and China have enhanced cooperation in the field of agriculture, science and technology and energy. Also, work on special economic zones under CPEC is in full swing to promote industrialisation in Pakistan and boost the national economy, he said.
The economist said that the BRI has been helping to bridge the worldwide infrastructure investment gap. “The world is facing severe challenges to meet the investment for infrastructure development which can hinder economic growth worldwide […] in the context, the BRI investments are helping countries to bridge that gap.”
Ramay said that China has been trying to create new economic opportunities globally, adding that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement signed among its 15 participating countries including China, will provide solid economic growth to the world.
The expert believes that global economic recovery is not possible with the mentality of unilateralism or the “ourselves first” approach as being adopted by some developed countries.
“Rich countries should assist poor countries in containing the pandemic by timely providing vaccine, pooling the resources and working on deeper integration, which will also be ultimately favourable for the developed world through the creation of a market for their products,” Ramay said.
He said that Covid-19 vaccines should be declared as a global public good to fight against the common enemy, and China has been working determinedly in this direction.
“China has donated vaccines to many countries, and it is supplying vaccines at the concessional rates as it is the best instrument against the deadly virus […] vaccinated people can come back to their jobs and play their part in economic prosperity,” he said.
However, Ramay said that despite all the efforts, a few so-called rich Western countries are creating hurdles for China out of their hegemonic thinking and zero-sum Cold-War mentality.
“Instead of concentrating on the most pressing challenges like Covid-19 and world economy, they are bent to baseless criticism and focusing on how to contain China. These countries even dubbed the Chinese vaccine assistance to needy countries as vaccine diplomacy,” he said.
Yet, ignoring all the negative propaganda, China is making every effort to turn the ongoing challenges into opportunities for everyone to forge a prosperous world on sustainable development principles, he added.
Xi declares “complete victory” in eradicating absolute poverty in China
BEIJING, China (Desk) – Chinese President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday that China has scored a “complete victory” in its fight against poverty.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said absolute poverty has been eradicated in the world’s most populous country.
Xi made the announcement while addressing a grand gathering held in Beijing to mark the country’s accomplishments in poverty alleviation and honor its model poverty fighters.
Over the past eight years, the final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents living under the current poverty line have all been lifted out of poverty. All the 832 impoverished counties and 128,000 impoverished villages have been removed from the poverty list.
Since the launch of the reform and opening up in the late 1970s, 770 million impoverished rural residents have shaken off poverty when calculated in accordance with China’s current poverty line.
China has contributed more than 70 percent of global poverty reduction over the same period.
With such achievements, China has created another “miracle” that will “go down in history,” Xi said