BEIJING: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said here on Wednesday that China fully stands by Pakistan for implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in letter and spirit.
‘We would like to work with the Pakistani side to press ahead with the development of the CPEC, she said at a news briefing held here on Wednesday.
Regarding the CPEC, she added ‘we have stated our position on many occasions.’ The CPEC is a cooperation framework set up by the two countries for the future development of China-Pakistan relations as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
It is not only beneficial to the economic and social development of China and Pakistan but also conducive to regional connectivity and economic and trade cooperation. The CPEC has drawn massive support from all sectors in Pakistan.’
To a question about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the spokesperson said, ‘China holds a consistent and clear position on chemical weapons. We oppose the use of chemical weapons by anyone for any reason under any circumstances. The UN Security Council is discussing the UK-France proposed draft resolution on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. I want to underscore that any move taken by the Security Council on the Syrian issue must contribute to the political settlement of the Syrian issue and solidarity of the Security Council. Considering the current situation, the international community should make extra and targeted efforts and play a positive and constructive role in politically resolving the Syrian issue.’