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Diamer-Bhasha Dam: China rejects Indian objection

BEIJING: Maintaining that Sino-Pak economic cooperation was meant to ameliorate the well-being of the local populace, China rejected Indian objection to the  construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Zhao Lijian maintained that the dam project was mutually-beneficial: “China and Pakistan conduct the economic cooperation in order to promote the economic development and improve the well-being of the local population.”

It is pertinent to mention here that PM Imran Khan had ordered starting the project posthaste. Diamer-Bhasha Dam is a 4,500-megawatt project with an estimated cost of $15 billion and would be one of the largest dams in the world.

WAPDA had earlier informed that contract of the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam had been awarded to a joint venture between Power China and Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).

Rejecting Indian External Affairs Ministry’s objections to the project he held: “China’s position on the issue of Kashmir was consistent and added that the dam project was mutually beneficial and win-win for the two all-weather friends and strategic cooperative partners.”

Spokesman praised the resolution unanimously passed by the Senate of Pakistan on Thursday 14th of May that thanked China and President Xi Jinping for supporting Pakistan in the guerre against the mysterious respiratory ailment caused by Coronavirus: “China appreciates the relevant resolution. Since the start of the outbreak, China and Pakistan have supported and worked closely with each other to jointly fight the virus. We will never forget that.”

He pointed out  when China was facing virus-crisis, Pakistan helped Beijing by providing medical supplies. He said presently China had also provided batches of grants to meet Pakistan’s needs, sent experts and mobilized all sectors of society to donate supplies to help Pakistan.

“We highly appreciate Pakistan’s objective and just position on this issue and we will like to continue to uphold the vision of a community with shared future for mankind, strengthen cooperation with international community including Pakistan and work together to win this fight against the virus,”`Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Zhao Lijian stated. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.