Chinese Ambassador breaks silence over media reports of Coronavirus effects on CPEC Project
ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador breaks silence over media reports of Coronavirus effects on Pakistan China CPEC Project.
Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing on Tuesday said that the Coronavirus outbreak would have no impact on the implementation timelines of projects under both the China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
In an exclusive interview with *Pakistan Today*, Jing said that almost all projects under the early harvest phase of CPEC have been completed or are near completion.
“However, there are a few negotiations on projects in the second phase, like the ML-1, that are currently in process. The government is very keen to get CPEC projects completed in time.
We look towards the CPEC and BRI from a long term perspective so, there would be no impact on these projects,” he said, adding that the BRI would help drive the economy of China’s international allies.
Welcoming the statement by Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce, Trade and Industry Abdul Razzak Dawood, the Chinese envoy said that China would continue economic cooperation with Pakistan.
Briefing this scribe about the measures taken to contain the epidemic, Jing said that the Chinese government is taking all possible measures to counter coronavirus and prevent further spread.
“The outbreak is a huge challenge for China as well as the rest of the world. It is a welcome sign that 500 people have been cured successfully. Our government is working hard to find proper medication for curing patients with the help of medical experts from all over the globe,” he said.