Beijing lauds Bilawal’s appreciation of China’s aid during floods

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Friday that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s comments on China’s assistance to Pakistan for flood relief efforts attested to mutual trust and friendship between the two countries.

The statement came days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Islamabad to seek debt relief from its close partner Beijing.

FM Bilawal’s comments attest to mutual trust and friendship between our two countries, Mao Ning said in response to a question during her regular briefing today.

According to reports, Bilawal gave an interview to Foreign Policy. In response to a comment that China had not come to Pakistan’s aid in a big way this year when the flood hit, he said it was absolutely incorrect.

The spokesperson said that China and Pakistan were linked by mountains and rivers and both countries shared the same future.

From the major floods in 2010 in Pakistan, the 2021 locust disaster, the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, and the Luding earthquake, the two countries have always stood together in dealing with natural disasters and in overcoming economic and financial difficulties, she added.

Mao Ning said that China had always been among the first to help. Since the flood hit Pakistan this time, China had acted promptly to offer strong assistance.

“The Chinese government decided to provide 400 million RMB of humanitarian assistance to Pakistan. We lost no time in bringing together all the reserve supplies under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) social welfare cooperation framework,” she added.

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