China’s generous and timely aid is huge help in bolstering Pakistan’s flood recovery: special envoy

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Ambassador of Pakistan to China Moin ul Haque Photo: Courtesy of Embassy of Pakistan to China

China’s very generous and timely assistance to Pakistan is extremely helpful in bolstering the country’s recovery from the floods, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque told the Global Times on Sunday in an exclusive interview.

While capital and material assistance has been provided from the Chinese side, the resumption of major infrastructure projects is well underway with joint efforts, according to the ambassador, especially with regard to security measures for staff and Chinese projects, a key factor in ensuring the reconstruction of the country. .

The situation in Pakistan persists and challenges remain for regional recovery. More than 15 million people could be pushed into poverty as the effects of these floods won’t be felt for days or even months, according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who on Friday called on the community international community to offer more support to the devastated country.

While Pakistan is suffering from one of the worst natural calamities in the form of floods, China, as always, reacted immediately to the crisis situation, the ambassador said.

Since the disaster, more than 640 million yuan ($89.94 million) in cash and in-kind humanitarian aid has been pledged by the Chinese central government, Chinese military, provincial governments, NGOs and businesses. public and private. According to the embassy, ​​even the Chinese public has made generous cash donations to the embassy’s flood relief account.

“The outpouring and sympathy from all over China is very touching and a true reflection of our time-tested friendship,” Haque said.

The first tranche of aid from the Chinese government was mainly delivered to Pakistan through dozens of special flights including large quantities of essential relief goods such as tents, blankets, high-energy biscuits, air purifiers water and electricity generators. Teams of doctors and damage assessment experts are heading to Pakistan to help flood victims, the Global Times has learned.

In addition to providing financial and material assistance, the Chinese government and companies have pledged to help in the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase after the floods. In major infrastructure projects, including hydropower plants being developed in China, efforts are well advanced, despite the difficulties.

For example, Karot Hydroelectric Power Station, invested and built by China Three Gorges Corporation, operated safely and stably for 100 days, with a cumulative power generation of 1.537 billion kWh.

“The Karot Hydroelectric Power Station is an important project under the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), which has added 720 MW of clean energy to our national grid, helping to reduce 3.5 million tons of emissions. of carbon dioxide per year. Fortunately, no damage has been caused to Karot and other hydropower projects developed by Chinese companies in Pakistan by the recent catastrophic floods,” the Ambassador said.

As we increasingly see the effects of global warming and climate change manifesting themselves in recurring floods and other extreme weather conditions, it is important to replace traditional non-renewable energy sources with green and renewable energy, a he noted.

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has set a goal of reaching 12,000 MW of solar power and clean energy projects developed by Chinese companies have an important role to play in bolstering Pakistan’s efforts to combat the effects of climate change and boost Pakistan’s economy, Haque said.

Thousands of local jobs have been created during the implementation of the Karot hydropower project and other renewable energy projects.

The ambassador noted the country’s determination to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel and projects, which have played an increasingly important role in supporting the reconstruction of the country’s infrastructure, especially after the devastation of the floods.

On July 14, 2021, the Dasu Hydropower Project in Pakistan suffered a terrorist attack, which impacted the production and operation of the project.

“The heinous attack perpetrated by the enemies of China-Pakistan friendship was a failed attempt to disrupt the rapid economic progress Pakistan has achieved through investments and technology brought in by Chinese companies,” the ambassador said.

Despite the shadow cast by the terrorist attack, thanks to the commitment of leaders and the dedication of workers on both sides, work on all development projects has continued, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Work on Dasu resumed immediately after the July 14 tragic incident, the ambassador said.

“Pakistan attaches great importance to the safety and security of Chinese nationals and investments in Pakistan… many measures have been taken by the Pakistani government in close coordination with the Chinese side to enhance the security of Chinese personnel and projects in Pakistan,” Haque noted.

Pakistan and China are iron brothers and strong economic partners, and the leaders of the two countries reiterated their strong support for the timely completion of all economic projects in Pakistan, he said.

“Together we will defeat the evil designs of our adversaries,” he said.

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