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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan in response to US Views on CPEC

2020/01/22 Question:On Jan 21st, during her visit to Pakistan, Ms. Alice Wells,Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department, made negative remarks on CPEC again. She alleged that there was no transparency in CPEC projects, claiming Pakistan’s debt burden was growing due to the Chinese financing. She also touched on the cost escalation in railways ML-1 upgrade project, and said the Chinese companies joining CPEC is in World Bank’s blacklist.What is the Embassy’s comment on it?Answer:We noted that during her recent visit to Pakistan, Ms. Alice Wells,Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department, made negative comments on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor again. The comments hold nothing new, but the same cliche in her speech in November, 2019, which has been repeatedly rejected by China and Pakistan. However the US side still ignores the facts and is obsessed with the story it made for the CPEC.We…
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Baloch Hindu outfit in SC: CAA essential for minorities

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The organization said the law was essential to protect minorities in the three neighboring countries and it is not adverse to the principle of secularism.
In an application, the Delhi-based NGO contended the core the Act, passed in December, ensures well-being of minorities who faced religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
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