Skip to main content

Delay of Some Belt and Road Projects Should Not Be Politicized, UAE Ambassador to China Says

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to China Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri.
United Arab Emirates Ambassador to China Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri.

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to China said that the Covid-19 pandemic would delay some Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project in western Asia, but the situation is understandable and should not become a political issue.

Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the ambassador to China from the United Arab Emirates, an active participant in the vast China-led infrastructure plan for Asia and Africa, told Caixin in an interview Friday that “there will be some delay” to some BRI projects as the region has not yet returned to normal amid the outbreak.

“China (is) now more than 90% back to normal. The issue is in other countries now. There (are) no flights at the moment, no activities,” he said. “I think there are hiccups in the projects in general, because of the size, the sophistication and technical aspects of the projects.

“But such a delay should not be catastrophic …,” he continued. “I don’t think this should be politicized in any way. Its a virus … a disease. There is no other magic answer to this.”

The ambassador’s comments came as questions have been raised about whether fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is putting the brakes on BRI projects due to the shutdown of economic activities and supply chain worldwide.

“China’s Covid-19 response all but halted the Belt and Road Initiative in its tracks. … A freeze on the flow of Chinese labor is a significant factor in these disruptions, with thousands of Chinese workers unable to return to their country of work,” the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based think tank, said in a blog post published in March.

“The Covid-19 crisis has also hampered China’s manufacturing supply chains, and BRI projects are predominantly reliant on Chinese, rather than local, materials and supplies,” the blog said.

However, the UAE ambassador said “we are still in the middle of fighting against the virus. We are not over it.”

He added that the situation is understandable and “we need to move forward.”

“Our nation wants to continue to play an active role across the Belt and Road Initiative,” he said. He did not elaborate on which projects could be delayed.

China is the UAE’s top trading partner. According to the ambassador, currently, the two countries have been working on multiple projects, including those in solar power, 5G networks and food security in the western Asia country.

To support an economy recovery, the UAE has announced a stimulus package in which its central bank has injected $70 billion into the banking system to guarantee liquidity, the ambassador said. The central bank has also lowered the reserve requirements for demand deposits to support banks’ lending and liquidity management.

He added that the UAE has also put a number of measures into place to support small businesses and ensure completion of large-scale government infrastructure projects.

In addition, several tax relief measures have been implemented across the UAE that have been supporting the country’s workers by shoring up the economy and protecting jobs, he said.

Contact reporter Lu Zhenhua ( and editor Michael Bellart (


Popular posts from this blog

SSG Commando Muddassir Iqbal of Pakistan Army

“ Commando Muddassir Iqbal was part of the team who conducted Army Public School operation on 16 December 2014. In this video he reveals that he along with other commandos was ordered to kill the innocent children inside school, when asked why should they kill children after killing all the terrorist he was told that it would be a chance to defame Taliban and get nation on the side. He and all other commandos killed children and later Taliban was blamed. Muddassir Iqbal has deserted the military and now he is  with mujahedeen somewhere in AF PAK border area” For authenticity of  this tape journalists can easy reach to his home town to interview his family members or   ISPR as he reveals his army service number” Asalam o Alaikum: My name is Muddassir Iqbal. My father’s name is Naimat Ali. I belong to Sialkot divison (Punjab province), my village is Shamsher Poor and district, tehsil and post office  Narowal. Unfortunately I was working in Pakistan army. I feel embarrassed to tell yo

RWR Advisory: Belt and Road at a Glance

This edition covers developments from March 12 - March 26..  Belt and Road at a Glance   Subscribe to the Belt and Road Monitor Top Developments China National Machinery Industry Corporation, commonly known as Sinomach, has agreed to  build  a $845 million, 255-mile railway across  Iran , building upon a sustained period of growth for Chinese investment in Iran that accelerated after Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country in January 2016. The railway will link the cities of Tehran, Hamedan and Sanandaj. China Civil Engineering Construction, a subsidiary of CRCC, is currently also  building  a 263-km railway line from Kermanshah to Khosravi. According to Chinese entrepreneur Lin Zuoru, who  owns  factories in Iran, “Iran is at the center of everything.”On March 23, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced that foreign direct investment by Chinese companies in 50 Belt and Road countries fell by 30.9% year-on-year. While the Ministry stated that this number covers investment across al

CPEC Jobs in Pakistan, salary details

JOBS...نوکریاں چائنہ کمپنی میں Please help the deserving persons... Salary: Salary package in China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in these 300,000 jobs shall be on daily wages. The details of the daily wages are as follows; Welder: Rs. 1,700 daily Heavy Duty Driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Mason: Rs. 1,500 daily Helper: Rs. 850 daily Electrician: Rs. 1,700 daily Surveyor: Rs. 2,500 daily Security Guard: Rs. 1,600 daily Bulldozer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Concrete mixer machine operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Roller operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Steel fixer: Rs. 2,200 daily Iron Shuttering fixer: Rs. 1,800 daily Account clerk: Rs. 2,200 daily Carpenter: Rs. 1,700 daily Light duty driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Labour: Rs. 900 daily Para Engine mechanic: Rs. 1,700 daily Pipe fitter: Rs. 1,700 daily Storekeeper: Rs. 1,700 daily Office boy: Rs. 1,200 daily Excavator operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Shovel operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Computer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Security Supervisor: Rs.