Asif Zardari initiated CPEC, asserts Chinese diplomat Lijian Zhao
In a tweet, the official endorsed his comments, reiterating that Asif Zardari was behind the project that links the South-Asian states.
Chinese envoy claims CPEC was initiated by China when Zardari was in power in 2013. CPEC is an across-the-board national consensus in Pakistan. CPEC is most successful project under the BRI. https://t.co/R3TX1rpSrc
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) June 26, 2018
The Chinese official also negated the rumours that Chinese prisoners were employed in various CPEC projects across Pakistan, highlighting that this project contributes to promoting Pakistan-China connectivity and will cement the ties between the two countries.
Zhao said the foremost thing was scientific planning after which a step by step implementation is required.
'Consensus has been built through consultation which will eventually give multiple benefits resulting in a win-win situation, while insurance of quality and safety is another aspect,' he added.
The diplomat highlighted that government’s guidance and operation will be required on every stage.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the project of economic cooperation and an example of the friendship of two countries, he concluded.
The comments of Chinese diplomat must have surprised the political analysts and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, which has been taking the credit for bringing in billions of dollars under the banner of CPEC.
There have been multiple claimants to the project which has been termed 'Game changer' for Pakistan. Not only Zardari, former president Musharraf also claims having played a pivotal part for the corridor that connects China's Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar port in Pakistan's Balochistan.
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