- China highly values Pakistan’s efforts to implement NAP
Beijing – China on Monday said that Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has become an international public product as it had the concept of mutual benefit and win-win is sincere and resolute.
Mr Lu Kang, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told a regular media briefing that “One Belt, One Road” initiative was proposed by the Chinese side, but it has now become an international public product.
“The first One Belt, One Road International Cooperation Summit achieved success and gained a large number of pragmatic results, which is a good illustration of the problem. After the first forum, more countries and international organizations actively participated in the Belt and Road international cooperation summit forum, which is also very illustrative,” he said.
Lu Kang went on to emphasize that the BRI is an open and inclusive economic cooperation initiative and has never been involved in territorial disputes.
“In the process of building the Belt and Road with relevant countries, China has always adhered to equality, openness and transparency, adhered to market-oriented operations with enterprises as the mainstay, and acted in accordance with market rules and popular international rules,” he said.
Lu Kang said that if the relevant parties have made some misunderstandings because they do not understand the situation and have made inaccurate judgments on whether to participate in the Belt and Road, please believe that the Chinese side insists on sharing and sharing in the process of promoting the BRI and insists on equal consultation.
Responding to a follow-up question, Lu Kang said, the B&R cooperation initiative has been open and inclusive since its inception.
“It is open to all interested countries that are willing to participate in cooperation and win-win situations. They do not want to exclude any aspects. If the relevant parties need to wait and see, we can also wait,” he added.
Commenting on the reports that more and more countries and international organizations participate in the second Belt and Road international cooperation summit forum, and it means that those who do not participate will lose opportunities, the spokesperson said these countries could only judge by themselves.
CHINA LAUDS PAKISTAN’S RECENT EFFORTS TO IMPLEMENT NAP
The spokesman said that China highly appreciates Pakistan’s latest initiative to implement the National Action Plan (NAP) to help fight out terrorism.
“This shows Pakistan’s stance and determination to firmly fight terrorism and resolutely implement relevant UN sanctions resolutions,” he added.
The attention of the spokesman was drawn to a report that Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the guidelines for the implementation of the UN Security Council’s Financial Sanctions, Travel and Weapons Ban, and further supervised and guided the federal and provincial governments to implement the UN Security Council’s sanctions against relevant individuals and organizations.
“We have noticed the report. Pakistan is an important participant in the international fight against terrorism and it has made tremendous efforts and sacrifices for international anti-terrorism cooperation and international anti-terrorism,” he added.
He said China supports the Pakistani side to firmly advance counter-terrorism efforts in accordance with its national conditions and hopes that the international community will strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation and jointly safeguard global and regional peace and stability.
INDIA INVOLVED WITH BRI
A questioner drew his attention to the recent interview of the Indian Ambassador to China in which he had hinted that India might not participate in the Second Belt and Road international cooperation summit forum, scheduled to take place here latest this month. Responding to the question, Lu Kang said the Indian side, including the Indian government and all walks of life, is involved in the Belt and Road cooperation or related activities. “You have to understand the Indian side,” he remarked.
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