Chinese Publication Praises Pakistan for Speeding up CPEC During the Pandemic.
A Chinese publication ‘China Daily’ has praised Pakistan for continuing the work on CPEC projects despite a global pandemic.
Here is what they wrote:
A second wave of the novel coronavirus has begun. Already the general public health crisis has had an enormous impact on the worldwide economy. one among the few bright spots is China’s economy is rapidly recovering after it took decisive action in its battle against the virus. China’s exports climbed by 9.5 percent during August and this bears testimony to the large trust countries have in China’s unbreakable supply chains. This has been of particular importance to those countries participating within the Belt and Road Initiative, as China’s economic recovery has meant cooperation under the framework of the initiative has been sustained.
A manifestation of the close-knit cooperation between Pakistan and China, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is that the crown of their economic ties and it’s been progressing at a gentle pace despite the pandemic.
Demonstrating the close cooperation between Pakistan and China, the CPEC projects remain fully swing despite all the challenges. the 2 countries cooperated at the start of the pandemic, adopting strict prevention and control measures and precautions. As a results of these measures, CPEC projects are ready to continue on the planned timelines.
It is important to notice that the CPEC remains the foremost important and one among the most active of all the Belt and Road programs and it’s contributing toward the belief of the vision and mission to make a contemporary Silk Road that’s supported connectivity, togetherness and a community with a shared future. it’s also important to notice the CPEC projects remain safe from the virus albeit there are many thousands of nationals working in both Pakistan and in China. Currently the people-centric second phase is ongoing with the main target on agriculture cooperation, industrial cooperation and socioeconomic development.
The CPEC helps to alleviate poverty and improving people’s lives. Pakistan is predicted to create an economic development environment which will offer quite 2.3 million employment opportunities. The pandemic has been a severe test for all countries. But Pakistan and China are steadfast in their support for every other. In March, Pakistani President Arif Alvi was one among the primary heads of state to go to Beijing and meet with President Xi Jinping after the outbreak of the virus. On Aug 21, during a message to President Alvi, President Xi stressed the importance of the CPEC to deepening the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and building a good closer community with a shared future between the 2 countries.
During the pandemic, China has provided material support to Pakistan, including masks, ventilators, medicines and every one sorts of supplies. And when China was struggling against the virus, Pakistan immediately expressed its solidarity and offered donations and assistance despite its own difficulties. Both countries committed to continue cooperation on the CPEC, and therefore the work on CPEC projects has continued with an equivalent vigor as before. Precautionary measures of all types and revised standard operating procedures were adopted but progress on the projects neither stopped nor slowed.
The Orange Line Metro Train, an early harvest project under the CPEC, was inaugurated in Lahore on Oct 25. The subway is taken into account one among the foremost advanced railway transport projects in South Asia. Two major hydroelectric power projects, Diamir Bhasha Dam and Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project, have also been inaugurated. In all, nine energy projects of the CPEC are completed with eight more under construction. These energy projects are helping diverse sectors including agriculture, industry and energy.
The sharing of technology expertise and best practices in agriculture between China and Pakistan is additionally underway. Recently, we’ve witnessed the collaboration of Pakistan and China in reference to the plagues of locust in various parts of Pakistan. The CPEC is attracting investment and building the arrogance on Pakistan from across the planet . of these developments refute the negative narratives about the CPEC.
Apart from this, the CPEC is additionally helping to contribute toward the building of a Health Silk Road and a Digital Silk Road. Being a crucial artery of the Belt and Road Initiative, the CPEC is diversifying its approach and scope through strong communications, trade and infrastructure and business development opportunities.
The CPEC has helped Pakistan to deal with the challenges resulting from the pandemic. Through stability at the economic level thanks to the CPEC, Pakistan has been ready to recover faster from the challenges posed by the general public health crisis. And not only has Pakistan befitted from the Health Silk Road but also the dividends that are shared across the planet through the networks and cooperation forged under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
With the planet struggling to deal with the worldwide shortage of medical supplies, China has been helping the planet as a result of the connectivity fostered by the Belt and Road Initiative. this is often true for Pakistan too where the equipment and protective supplies helped to make sure the country’s effective response to the virus.
Throughout the pandemic, a collaboration between China and Pakistan has continued on all levels, including the state level, regional level and native level. Leading Chinese enterprises also are showing a keen interest in the Pakistani market.
Although the challenges are great, the tireless efforts of each side mean the friendship and trust between Pakistan and China is beyond any challenge and divide. And each side believes that the CPEC won’t only benefit both countries, but also produce substantial economic and social benefits for the region.