CPEC has no link with ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes in re­gion: China

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL - BEI­JING -APP

China re­it­er­ated that China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) was an eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion project and it should not be politi­cized as it had no con­nec­tion with the ex­ist­ing dis­putes in the re­gion.

"We have al­ready ex­pressed our po­si­tion on many oc­ca­sions on this is­sue and the eco­nomic cor­ri­dor does not tar­get at third par­ties and hopes to ben­e­fit en­tire re­gion," Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry's Spokesper­son, Hua Chun­y­ing said dur­ing her reg­u­lar brief­ing. She said that the CPEC was an eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion project and it should not be politi­cized and added it had no con­nec- tion with the ex­ist­ing dis­putes in the re­gion, in­clud­ing ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes.

The spokesper­son said that Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi dur­ing his me­dia in­ter­ac­tion with porters yes­ter­day had ex­plained that the cor­ri­dor was not aimed at third par­ties and hoped to ben­e­fit the en­tire re­gion. She said that as an im­por­tant com­mon neigh­bor of China and Pak­istan, Afghanistan had an ur­gent de­sire to de­velop econ­omy and im­prove peo­ple's liveli­hood. "It is will­ing to in­te­grate it­self into the process of re­gional in­ter­con­nec­tion and hope to ex­ert its ge­o­graph­i­cal ad­van­tages in the CPEC and the China-Cen­tral Asia-Western Asia Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor," she added. Hua Chun­y­ing said that the three par­ties agreed to jointly pro­mote wider in­ter­con­nec­tion and in­ter­op­er­abil­ity un­der the frame­work of the "One Belt and One Road". She said that the tri­par­tite di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion were not tar­geted at any party other than the tri­par­tite par­ties and should not be in­ter­fered with or in­flu­enced by any other coun­try or power.

To a ques­tion, she re­marked that it was very im­por­tant for China, Afghanistan and Pak­istan to strengthen di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion among them. For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi car­ried out shut­tle diplo­macy be­tween Pak­istan and Afghanistan and had done a lot to push both the coun­tries to im­prove their re­la­tions.

One of the ob­jec­tives of China to pro­pose es­tab­lish­ment of the tri­par­tite dia- logue mech­a­nism was to help both Pak­istan and Afghanistan to im­prove their re­la­tions and achieve a goal of com­mon devel­op­ment and se­cu­rity, she added.

Both Pak­istan and Afghanistan were grate­ful to China for its pos­i­tive ef­forts to pro­mote their re­la­tions, strengthen di­a­logue, en­hance mu­tual trust and carry out co­op­er­a­tion. The spokesper­son said that dur­ing the di­a­logue, the three for­eign min­is­ters also con­ducted in-depth com­mu­ni­ca­tion on se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion and counter-ter­ror­ism is­sues and reaf­firmed their pos­i­tive will to step up counter-ter­ror­ism co­op­er­a­tion.

They also agreed to fur­ther strengthen anti-ter­ror­ism co­or­di­na­tion based on the con­sen­sus reached at the counter-ter­ror­ism and se­cu­rity con­sul­ta­tion mech­a­nism at the vice-min­is­te­rial level be­tween China, Afghanistan and Pak­istan co­op­er­a­tion, fight against all forms of ter­ror­ism.

The pos­i­tive sig­nif­i­cance of the di­a­logue be­tween the three for­eign min­is­ters was ob­vi­ous, she added.

When asked was China's me­di­a­tion role in the hot in­ter­na­tional is­sues a new trend in its diplo­macy, she said, the 19th Congress of the CPC pro­posed to build a com­mu­nity of hu­man des­tiny, stress­ing that China should deepen its re­la­tions with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and pro­mote in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion on the Belt and a Road, in ac­cor­dance with the prin­ci­ple of "sin­cer­ity and friend­ship"


Fed­eral Om­buds­man Syed Tahir She­hbaz pre­sid­ing the con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing on "Om­buds­men role in re­dress­ing the griev­ances of women & chil­dren".

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