CPEC: A Vivid Reflection of Humanity | BY Kamran KR


CPEC: A Vivid Reflection of Humanity

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has won the hearts and souls of millions of displaced people confronting devastating floods in the country.

Despite the havoc of the ongoing floos the mega projects of CPEC have become the only hope for human survival, social communication and economic connectivity in Balochistan, Sindh and KP which is commendable.

Moreover, the Chinese government, embassy, private companies, and last but not the least, common people having trying to lessen the miseries of struggling people through lavish financial aid, humanitarian assistance, food-stuff, vaccines, medicines, tents, blankets and, above all, sovereign pledges and guarantees to restore all the damaged socio-economic infrastructure in these areas which is highly appreciated.

Most recently, even in the 22nd SCO 2022 head of the states meeting in Samarkand the Chinese President Xi Jinping assured the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif for his government’s generous humanitarian assistance in the time of national crises of deadly floods in the country.

Xi  termed China and Pakistan as close neighbours linked by mountains and rivers and with a shared future.

He called  both the countries “strategic partners” and emphasized that the two sides “must continue to firmly support each other, foster stronger synergy between their development strategies, and harness the role of the Joint Cooperation Committee of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to ensure smooth construction and operation of major projects.

Pakistan has been entangled by unprecedented and devastating floods which have caused a significant loss of life, means of sustenance, and property.

In this regard, TECNO Mobile, a subsidiary of China’s Shenzhen Transsion Holdings Ltd, provided tons of food supplies, shelters, and hygiene kits to affected families in Sindh, Pakistan.

TECNO Pakistan along with its staff members initiated the #TECNOFundsForFlood campaign to provide tons of flour, sugar, rice and additional life-saving supplies to the severely impacted areas of Mirpurkhas district and other surrounding areas of Umarkot and Kunri through a direct drive of nearly 300 km.

On the other hand, the working committee of SCODA, on behalf of the committee and Chinese enterprises including East Sea Holding (Qingdao), Qingdao LULU Agriculture Equipment, China State Construction No 6 Bureau, SCO Everest (Qingdao) International Exhibition and Qingdao Xingangtong Mineral, delivered 225,000 yuan of relief funds to the representative of the Pakistani side for the struggling people in the  affected areas in the country.

In this connection, the People’s Government of Tianjin Municipality has announced a relief assistance package of RMB 10 million for the flood victims. The relief items include tents, food packages and blankets needed urgently in Pakistan.

Moreover, the Chinese enterprises continue to support Pakistan’s flood relief efforts as the recent severe floods in the country.

Six Chinese companies in Pakistan’s Punjab province have jointly set up the Panda Industries Association to raise Rs. 6 million in cash and Rs. 8 million in clothing for 4,000 flood victims in Punjab. The 6 Chinese companies in the Panda Chamber include Challenge Fashion (Pvt) Co., Ltd, Henan D.R. Construction Group, LEDZONE, OPPO, TCL and Zhengbang Agriculture.

On the political front, a number of Pakistani political parties expressed gratitude to the Communist Party of China (CPC) after receiving food donations amid the devastating floods in Pakistan.

The political parties getting flood relief assistance from the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (ID-CPC) through the Chinese embassy in Pakistan included Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

Once again it has proved that China is our trustworthy friend and strategic partner which always stood first to help us in our national crises.

The generous humanitarian assistance of the Chinese government, CPC, multinational companies and common people has become a symbol of pure mercy, compassion and humanity. It vividly reflects spirits of solidarity and unconditional support for the affected people of Pakistan.

According to many official statistical data, Beijing has so far pledged a $100 million assistance package to Pakistan. In this regard, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have sent condolences to their counterparts in Islamabad which is indeed a great gesture of brotherhood and caring & sharing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to his Pakistani counterpart, Arif Alvi, over the severe floods hitting the country.

China was the first country to reach out to flood affected people and communities alike. Xi Jinping also said that with the joint efforts of the Pakistani government and people, those in the disaster-hit areas will surely overcome the flood and rebuild their homes as early as possible.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed gratitude to President of China Xi Jinping for an assistance package of RMB 400 million for flood affectees in Pakistan.

In a tweet on social media he thanked President Xi Jinping for the Chinese assistance package of RMB 400 million, up from initial RMB 100 million, for flood victims in Pakistan.

In a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Nong Rong, the Prime Minister recognized China as Pakistan’s trusted friend, staunchest partner, and Iron-Brother, whose relief assistance was deeply appreciated by the people of the country, and in keeping with the time-honored bilateral friendship.

The Chinese government announced a relief package of RMB 400 million ($57 million) while the Chinese provincial governments and institutions also announced donations for badly affected people in Pakistan.

In this connection, China provided urgently-needed supplies including 25,000 tents to assist the Pakistan government in its flood relief efforts and provided around 5,000 tents for flood-stricken people.

China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region’s government has donated a batch of relief supplies worth RMB one million to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) for tackling the flood.
The relief supplies include quilts with cotton wadding, cotton-padded clothes, tents and others. All the relief supplies were handed over to GB authorities at a ceremony held at the Khunjerab pass.

Chairman of China International Development Cooperation Agency, Luo Zhaohui had recently announced to deliver 200 tons of vegetables via Karakoram Highway to the flood-affected people within a week.

The ambassador of China to Pakistan Nong Rong on behalf of the Red Cross Society of China handed over $300,000 in emergency cash assistance to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society for the flood disaster-affected people.

Chinese Consul General Lahore Zhao Shiren announced giving Rs300 million in aid for the rehabilitation of flood-affected people on behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Lahore during his meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that China has been closely following the post-flood situation in Pakistan.

“Since the floods hit Pakistan, China has been closely following the situation. We responded immediately and made every effort to provide relief assistance,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

The Chinese state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, companies and individuals in Pakistan as well as in China are actively contributing to help the affected people overcome the floods and rebuild their homes.

Hopefully, the journey of compassionate humanitarian assistance will lessen the sufferings of marginalized people in the affected areas. Sooner with the help and state assurance of China their miseries will be converted into smiles.

Thus China Pakistan Economic Corridor has become an ideal platform of humanity and humanitarian assistance in the country.

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