yao jing, China provided $15 million worth of aid to Pakistan to support the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic,
Chinese envoy Yao Jing said at a webinar.
yao jing, The Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) on Thursday co-hosted a virtual meeting of government officials, entrepreneurs, and experts to discuss the post-coronavirus pandemic relationship between the two friendly nations in light of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The webinar, titled “New Opportunities and Challenges of China-Pakistan Cooperation in the Post-Epidemic Era,” had two keynote speakers, including Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.
yao jing, In her opening remarks, Research & Development International (RDI) head and China’s former population minister Dr Baige Zhao said President Xi Jinping’s speech on improving connectivity through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at last month’s high-level video conference showed her country’s will to start a new era of globalization.
The BRI, she added, would play a key role in promoting peace and stability.
Ambassador Yao Jing said he had been personally witnessing the cooperation between the two countries since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
Pakistan’s assistance to China in February, when China was facing Covid-19 crisis, and President Alvi’s visit to China expressed Pakistan’s solidarity with China, he said. Pakistan is the first country with whom China would share vaccine development research information, he added.
While talking about the CPEC, he said almost 13,000 Chinese technicians, engineers, and experts were working on related projects, which collectively employed over 60,000 Pakistanis. He also mentioned the Chinese assistance to Pakistan in the wake of Covid crisis, which is worth $15 million.
He noted that 10 chartered flights from China brought experts and equipment during Covid-19 so far and, upon the request of the Pakistan government, 1,000 more ventilators would be given to Pakistan by the end of this month.
The chairperson of the PCI as well as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain, said coronavirus knew no borders and the ongoing crisis has strengthened the two countries’ bilateral bond as both Pakistan and China supported each other’s core interests.
The pandemic is a common enemy of mankind and a common challenge to fight with, Hussain noted.
China has done a remarkable job in containing the virus by taking timely and efficient measures, the senator said, thanking China for its support to Pakistan.
While speaking about opportunities arising from the Covid-19 crisis, he said that the time had come to reset priorities, focusing on human security, human development, better hospital care, and climate change. In this regard, the BRI could be taken as a guiding tool to reach the combined goal of a shared future.
The balance of power, according to him, was shifting from the West towards the East. The Asian countries have contained the virus more effectively than Western countries.
This news was originally published at pakistantoday.com.pk