What They're Saying
FORMER DIRECTOR, CHIEF MINISTER'S POLICY REFORMS UNIT OF BALOCHISTAN
On Chinese coal-fired power generation projects in Pakistan
_"One of the biggest issues is that we just don't know the full details [of agreements involving CPEC projects]. Unless that concern is addressed, we remain in the dark on where these projects will head in the future and how coal will impact our country."_
SPECIAL ADVISOR, GERMAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (GIZ)
Report of the 8th Europe-China Forum and Policy & Practice Roundtable
"China is building a new world order with the BRI. The new institutions such as the new development bank and an arbitration system are located in China. China is implementing the BRI bilaterally and it looks like the BRI is not embedded in the current multilateral system."
Op-ed titled: China never plays politics in the Middle East
"China won't be a geopolitical player in the Middle East. It has no enemies and can cooperate with all countries in the region. China's increasing influence in the Middle East comes from pure friendly cooperation. Such a partnership will be welcomed by more countries in the Middle East."
ZHAO LIJIAN (赵立坚)
DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION, CHINESE EMBASSY IN ISLAMABAD
Interview with VOA on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border development program
"For China, we have had 40 years of economic development, reforms, and opening up. In Afghanistan for these last 40 years, they have been suffering from chaos, from civil war, from foreign occupation. So, we are very much sympathetic with Afghan people and we would like to extend a helping hand to them."
Speaking in support of Huawei at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
"Who do you think will have more success in training tech intelligence? Whoever has more data. Whoever is more digitized today and has a bigger population. China is much more digitized than the U.S."
MUNIC SECURITY REPORT 2019
Published by the Munich Security Conference Foundation
"While Beijing supports EU accession of the [Western Balkan] region, its activities have raised suspicion within the European Union that China may exploit its economic heft for political gains."