Chinese Embassy in Pakistan strongly react over US top diplomat remarks against CPEC
BEIJING: Chinese Embassy in Pakistan strongly react over US top diplomat remarks against CPEC.
The Chinese embassy in Pakistan on Thursday said it is "firmly opposed" to what it described as "irresponsible remarks" made by outgoing US State Department official, Alice G. Wells with reference to Sino-Pak relations and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The speech by Wells — who exited from her job as the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State — "is totally baseless, just a repetition of her same old tune", the embassy said in a statement.
A day earlier, Wells had asked China to either wave off or renegotiate the "unsustainable and unfair” debt owed by Pakistan and raised questions over the multi-billion-dollar CPEC project.
“I enumerated my concerns and the United States government’s concerns over CPEC, over the lack of transparency involved in the project, over the unfair rates of profits that are guaranteed to Chinese state organisations to the distortions it caused in the Pakistani economy including by the massive imbalance in the trade Pakistan now has with China,” she had reportedly said.
China, in turn, reiterated the "all-weather friendship" with Pakistan in a statement.
"For the past 69 years, we have established and consolidated an all-weather friendship. We respect each other and support each other. We cooperate for common prosperity. We work together to promote regional peace and stability,” the statement by the Chinese embassy read.