China Pakistan Economic Corridor construction or postponed for 5 years? Ministry of foreign affairs responded

China Pakistan Economic Corridor construction or postponed for 5 years? Ministry of foreign affairs responded

Original title: September 11, 2018 Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang chaired a regular press conference

Q: Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the State Council of the DPRK, in his personal letter to U.S. President Trump, proposed that he would hold the second DPRK-U.S. Leaders'meeting. What is China's comment on this?

A: We have taken note of relevant reports and the US side has expressed its openness to the second DPRK-US summit.

China is pleased with the positive interaction between the DPRK and the US. It is in the common interest of all parties concerned, including the DPRK and the United States, to continue the current easing momentum of dialogue on the Korean Peninsula and to push forward the progress of the peace talks. It is also a common expectation of the international community.

We hope and support the DPRK and the United States to implement the consensus of the Leaders'meeting, strengthen dialogue and consultation, and move in opposite directions to promote the denuclearization of the peninsula and the political settlement process in the right direction, and continue to achieve results.

Q: on the 10 day, the Financial Times quoted Daoud, a cabinet official in Pakistan, as saying that Pakistan will reconsider its role in the "one belt and one road" initiative. The nine-member committee to assess the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, established by Pakistan, may consider extending the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for another five years. What is China's comment on this?

A: We have taken note of relevant reports and also noted that the officials interviewed by Pakistan at that time have come forward to clarify them. On the 10th, Pakistan's Ministry of Commerce issued a statement saying that the statement of Pakistani officials quoted by the Financial Times was out of context and distorted the original intention. Pakistan refused to acknowledge the report. The statement also pointed out that during a recent visit to Pakistan by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Pakistan made it clear that the economic corridor between China and Pakistan is a national priority. Bazhong relations are unbreakable, and the Palestinian government's commitment to China Pakistan Economic Corridor is unwavering.

As far as I know, Pakistan has set up a nine-member committee to evaluate the Sino-Pakistani Economic Corridor Project, with the aim of strengthening docking with China and accelerating the construction of the corridor so as to better benefit the ordinary Pakistani people, rather than postponing the construction of the corridor.

As we all know, the Sino-Pakistani Economic Corridor is a major economic cooperation project in response to the needs of the Pakistani side. The construction of the economic corridor has a good driving effect on the economic and social development of Pakistan. At present, there are 22 cooperative projects under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, 9 of which have been completed, 13 are under construction, with a total investment of 19 billion US dollars, driving the annual economic growth of Pakistan to 1 or 2 percentage points, creating 70,000 jobs. These fruits are indeed obvious to all.

During State Councilor Wang Yi's visit to Pakistan, the president, prime minister and foreign minister of the new Pakistani government said that the Pakistani-Chinese economic corridor is a landmark project of bilateral economic cooperation and has brought and will continue to bring tangible benefits to the Pakistani people. The new Pakistani government is committed to deepening the construction of the Pakistani-Chinese economic corridor in an all-round way and is willing to cooperate with China to build this project.

During State Councilor Wang Yi's visit to Pakistan, China and Pakistan reached a new and important consensus on how to better promote the construction of the corridor. The two sides agreed to negotiate and determine the future development path and cooperation direction of the corridor in accordance with Pakistan's next economic and social development priorities and the needs of the people. Focus on accelerating industrial cooperation and livelihood projects, and gradually extend to the Brazilian region, so that more people benefit from the corridor. The two sides also agreed that corridor construction can absorb third parties to participate in the whole area.

Finally, I would like to emphasize once again that the "one belt and one road" initiative is open, inclusive, open and transparent, and pursues the principle of "sharing and sharing". The "one belt and one way" initiative has been an important platform for international cooperation and an important international public product to promote multilateralism and economic globalization in the past 5 years. At present, more than 130 countries and international organizations have signed the "one belt and one way" cooperation document with China. If the "one belt and one way" is really geographically considered by some people as a geopolitical strategy, facing many risks and challenges, and causing all kinds of crisis traps, then it will not be so popular, it will not be so popular, and progress will not be so fast, and the results will not be so great. To sum up, we welcome all like-minded countries to participate in the construction of "one belt and one road" and jointly promote regional interconnection, development and prosperity, and better benefit the people of all countries.

Q: According to Taiwan media reports, a representative of a right-wing Japanese organization kicked a bronze statue of a comfort woman in Tainan a few days ago. How do you comment on this?

A: as far as I know, this incident has violated public anger on Taiwan island and aroused public indignation. As we all know, the forcible consolation of "comfort women" is a serious anti-humanitarian crime committed by Japanese militarism against the people of many victimized countries during the Second World War, and it is an internationally recognized historical fact. We hope that Japan will face up to the concerns of its Asian neighbours and the international community and properly handle relevant issues in a responsible manner.

In addition, I would like to remind some Japanese rightists that China has a saying that those who insult others will be humiliated. I hope he can introspection and self respect.

Q: It is reported that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Bachelet said that the Chinese government's arbitrary detention of Muslims is worrying and that China should allow UN monitors to enter Xinjiang. What is China's comment on this?

A: as for the situation in Xinjiang, I introduced it at the press conference yesterday, and I will not repeat it today.

I would like to point out that China urges the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and her Office to abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, respect China's sovereignty, perform their duties impartially and objectively, and not listen to bias.

Q: Can you confirm that the total investment of cooperation projects under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is 19 billion US dollars? Is it the total investment so far?

Answer: Yes.

Q: it is reported that Philippines will send more than 100 delegations to the China ASEAN Expo this year. This is the largest delegation sent by Philippine since its participation in the Expo. Philippine Vice Minister of Trade and Industry Trado said that participating in the China-ASEAN Expo is one of the Philippine government's strategic plans to open more fields of cooperation between the Philippines and China and is conducive to the promotion of bilateral relations to a new height. What is China's comment on this?

A: China highly appreciates the statement made by the officials of the Philippines Ministry of trade and industry.

Since the comprehensive transformation of Sino-Philippine relations, high-level exchanges between the two countries have been close, and cooperation in various fields has been restored and sustained in an all-round way. In particular, remarkable achievements have been made in economic and trade cooperation, bringing tangible benefits to the people of the two countries, especially the people of the Philippines.

Philippines is an important member of ASEAN. China welcomes Philippine delegation to participate in the China ASEAN Expo. We are ready to work with the Philippines to promote the vigorous development of bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation, and to promote China-ASEAN cooperation to achieve more substantive results.

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