Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated China on its national day on Saturday and said that the "peaceful rise of China as the second largest economy" and global power was a source of stability in a perpetually changing world.
The premier took to his official Twitter handle to extend “heartiest greetings” to his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, President Xi Jinping, and the people of China.
PM Shehbaz maintained that China offered a “promise of hope to the developing world” which was “beset by multiple crises” of climate, finance, food, and energy.
“The Chinese template of inter-state relations prioritizes cooperation over confrontation & is the governing principle in the formation of a Community of Common Destiny,” he stated.
The premier further said that he was “deeply touched” by the nation’s adherence to remarkable work ethics and discipline, which explained, “how China has been able to lift 800 million people out of acute poverty”.
Addressing the people of Pakistan, the prime minister stressed that “at this stage in our national life, work, work and work alone can lift us out of crises,” as exemplified by China.
China lauds Islamabad’s appreciation
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Friday that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s comments on China’s assistance to Pakistan for flood relief efforts attested to mutual trust and friendship between the two countries.
The statement came days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Islamabad to seek debt relief from its close partner, Beijing.
FM Bilawal’s comments attest to mutual trust and friendship between our two countries, Mao Ning said in response to a question during her regular briefing today.
According to reports, Foreign Minister Bilawal gave an interview to Foreign Policy. In response to a comment that China had not come to Pakistan’s aid in a big way this year when the flood hit, he said it was “absolutely incorrect”.
The spokesperson said that China and Pakistan were linked by mountains and rivers and both the countries shared the same future.
Mao Ning said that China had always been among the first to help. Since the floods hit Pakistan this time, China had acted promptly to offer strong assistance.
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Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the US for “inappropriately criticizing Pakistan-China cooperation” He urged Washington to take “real and constructive” action for the people of Pakistan.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken advised Pakistan to contact China for debt relief after recent storms. Wang said China assisted Pakistan since it is a “genuine friend and brother in need.” The Chinese government and civil society have provided 400 million RMB in help. He also vowed China would help Pakistanis recover from the floods and build new homes as soon as feasible.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Tuesday called out the US for “passing unwarranted criticism against Pakistan-China cooperation” and urged it to do something “real and beneficial” for the people of Pakistan.
His statement comes a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Pakistan to seek debt relief from close partner China in the view of floods.
In a weekly briefing today, Wang said that since the floods hit the country, China has rushed to Pakistan’s aid as it was a “genuine friend and brother in times of need”.
“The Chinese government has provided 400 million RMB worth of humanitarian assistance and China’s civil society has also lent a helping hand.
“We will continue to do our utmost to help the Pakistani people overcome the floods and rebuild their homes at an early date,” he said.
“China and Pakistan have had fruitful economic and financial cooperation. The Pakistani people know it best. Instead of passing unwarranted criticism against China-Pakistan cooperation, the US side might as well do something real and beneficial for the people of Pakistan,” the spokesperson added.
Blinken urges Pakistan to seek debt relief from China
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday called on Pakistan to seek debt relief from close partner China as floods devastate the country.
Blinken promised strong US support for Pakistan as it dries out from the floods, which have submerged one-third of the country, an area the size of the United Kingdom.
“We send a simple message. We are here for Pakistan, just as we were during past natural disasters, looking ahead to rebuild,” Blinken said after talks in Washington with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
“I also urged our colleagues to engage China on some of the important issues of debt relief and restructuring so that Pakistan can more quickly recover from the floods,” Blinken said.
China is a key economic and political partner of Pakistan, pushing ahead with the $54 billion economic corridor that will build infrastructure and give Beijing an outlet to the Indian Ocean.
Washington, whose alliance with Islamabad has frayed, has repeatedly charged that China will reap the benefits while Pakistan will face unsustainable debt.
The warnings by the United States — which considers China its pre-eminent global competitor — have repeatedly been brushed aside by Pakistan.
Some 1,600 people — one-third of them children — have died in Pakistan’s floods and more than seven million have been displaced, amid fears that such severe disasters will become more common due to climate change.
The United States has committed $56 million in humanitarian aid and sent 17 planes full of supplies, with promises of long-term support.
Bilawal said that US President Joe Biden, who signed a landmark domestic climate package last month, also needed to look at “climate justice”. “It’s not only important that you ‘build back better’ here,” he said, using Biden’s campaign slogan.
“The opportunity of this crisis in Pakistan is that we must build back better — greener, more climate-resilient — back home as well,” he said.
“I believe that working together we can do this.”
Pakistan, despite being the fifth most populous country, contributes only about 0.8 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change due to its state of development.
Lingering distrust on Afghanistan
The US relationship with Pakistan sharply deteriorated over the course of the two-decade war in Afghanistan.
“We have had our differences — that’s no secret,” Blinken said.
But he said Pakistan and the United States “have a shared stake in Afghanistan’s future”, including greater freedoms for women and girls, whose rights have again been heavily curtailed by the Taliban.
Blinken also encouraged Pakistan to respect freedom of religion and expression.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s five-month-old government has faced criticism for restrictions on the media since he replaced Imran Khan.
Blinken also called on Pakistan to pursue a “responsible relationship” with India.
Dialogue has been at a standstill between the historic rivals.
Immediately after meeting Bilawal, Blinken was hosting a dinner for India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, with whom he will hold talks on Tuesday.
The South Asian foreign ministers were not expected to meet in Washington.
ISLAMABAD (INP): As large swaths of Pakistan are inundated by floodwaters and over 33 million people have been affected by the unprecedented monsoon rain-triggered floods, China’s continuous response efforts for Pakistan have exceeded 644.1 million RMB (equivalent to US$90.2 million).
According to Gwadar Pro, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan shared details about China’s support for Pakistan in flood relief. As per details, the Chinese government extended support of RMB 400 million, the Chinese Army RMB 100 million, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries donated RMB 125 million, and the Red Cross Society of China provided RMB 2.1 million. “All walks of life in China are motivated to assist Pakistan in fighting the floods. In the face of disaster, China stands with Pakistan, “reads a statement shared on the Embassy’s official Twitter account.
The monsoon rains and floods have affected over 33 million people in the country as well as killed 1678 people and left 12864 others injured. As per NDMA’s latest updates, 2,045,349 houses have been totally or partially damaged. The floods also damaged 13,074 km of roads and 410 bridges. Several Pakistan-based Chinese companies are also taking part in relief activities while the Chinese government is also expected to help the country in rehabilitation activities.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other Pakistani officials have time and again expressed profound gratitude to President Xi Jinping and the government of China for their sincere efforts and financial assistance during this critical time. China and Pakistan have a long history of helping each other during natural disasters and calamities. The continued assistance from Beijing for the victims of floods in Pakistan has once again proved that China is a devoted friend? you can count on it to be there in weal and woe.