China to provide ‘multiple forms of bailout packages’ to Pakistan: Consul-general

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The Chinese Consul-General (CCG) Long Dingbin on Sunday said that instead of hard cash, China plans to eventually provide multiple forms of bailout packages to Pakistan in the shape of phenomenal investments in fresh projects, broadening the area of inclusive cooperation and tapping new avenues of collaboration under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

China, Dingbin said that would never leave Pakistan in a lurch and would channelise maximum resources to strengthen its faltering economy, a private news channel reported.

On asking what exactly would this financial assistance look like, the Consul-General explained that during Prime Minister Khan’s recent visit to his country, the scope of investment was widened by inking 15 new agreements. These agreements included cooperation in politics, economics, people-to-people contacts and culture linkages, amongst others.

“This communiqué is a guideline,” he said, to comprehend the new dimensions of strategic partnership and friendship between China and Pakistan.

When asked about Pakistan’s financial survivability and its increasing debt, Dingbin revealed that among the 22 projects under the CPEC, only four carried concessional loans. “The rest of the 18 are investment-based and the CPEC projects do not increase Pakistan’s debt burden.”

On the contrary, he said, these projects would unleash their economic benefits and turn around Pakistan’s economy.

Sitting next to Dingbin was the deputy consul general, Peng Zhengwu. The interview was arranged a few days after terrorists attempted to attack China’s Consulate in Karachi.

Zhengwu praised the policemen who lost their lives saving the men and women working in the Consulate. He further hoped that the donations being collected for the martyred police officers would help their families. Dingbin gave 2,000 RMB and Zhengwu handed over a cheque of 1,000 RMB for the cause.

The Chinese diplomats are seriously considering to developing a “Permanent Donation Fund,” revealed Dingbin. This “…will not be limited to helping the families of the security officials.” Its spectrum would be broadened to help out the deserving people of Pakistan.”

When asked what security measure has the Consulate taken after the terror attack, he said that they have developed a two-tier working mechanism that is in coordination with the Punjab government. “The mechanism features regular meetings of all law enforcement agencies to keep beefing up security standards.”