Western media making baseless propaganda against CPEC: Chinese envoy

CJ Mamanra Afridi

PESHAWAR: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said on Tuesday that work is underway on 22 projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan.

The Chinese ambassador said during his visit to the Area Study Centre at the University of Peshawar that it was unfortunate that the Western media was making baseless propaganda against CPEC.

To a question asked by a student about comparison between CEPC and East India Company, the ambassador said some elements are making propaganda that CPEC is a model to control Pakistan, however, this is a baseless assertion. He made it clear that China’s foreign policy has no agenda of controlling any other country.

Yao Jing said it is important for China that the people of Pakistan understand its policies. He said China showed its interest in Gwadar Port development on the request of Pakistan.

The Chinese ambassador said emphasis will be made on development of backward areas in CPEC. He said China wants to see economic development in Pakistan, adding that CPEC is part of initiatives to see a strong and stable Pakistan.

He said joint ventures are being launched in Pakistan to ensure quick development. He said that China wanted the economy of Pakistan to get strengthen and vibrant in which CPEC will play a pivotal role.

To a question, Yao Jing said China wants a stable Afghanistan which is in great interest of peace in the entire region. He said China is willing to play role in development and peace in Afghanistan. He said China has friendly relations with Afghanistan and these ties will be boosted further. However, he said, China could not carry out the desired development work in Afghanistan due to security concerns.

The ambassador said the people of Afghanistan are affected from wars for the last 40 years and now is time to end the war and give people some relief. He said the people of the war-torn country will have to make a decision for themselves.

He said China will support any initiative for peace in the country. He said his country will support all stakeholders for bringing durable peace in Afghanistan.

Yao Jing appreciated the sincere and honest efforts for arranging peace talks for bringing peace in Afghanistan.