Pakistan and China decide to fight international conspiracies against CPEC
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and China have decided to fight international conspiracies against CPEC.
Both have been able to remove misunderstandings on the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and have vowed to expand the strategic ties to a new level, officials said on Sunday.
Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the two allies had pledged to ignore ‘international conspiracies’ against the CPEC.
One official said: “The CPEC will not be halted. The international conspiracies will not work. In fact we will expand the strategic ties to a new level. Pakistan and Chinese leadership discussed everything (on CPEC) and there are no issues now.”
Another official said that Beijing had warned Pakistan about Indian conspiracies against CPEC. “They (China) have asked us to keep our eyes open. Some of our neighbours (referring to India) are not happy at all (with the CPEC),” he added.
The ‘misunderstanding’ on the CPEC surfaced after the Financial Times ‘misquoted’ Adviser to the PM Razzak Dawood. The Financial Times had reported that Pakistan was planning to review or renegotiate agreements reached under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Prime Minister Imran Khan had also criticised some parts of the CPEC agreements signed by the last Pakistan Muslim League-N-led government.
Earlier in the day, the two sides issued a joint statement after Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.