China gives tacit nod to Pak’s move to scrap CPEC Authority amid reports of rift over tardy progress, security

Despite reports of a growing rift between the all-weather allies over the slow progress of the USD 60 billion project and Islamabad’s failure to provide reliable security to hundreds of Chinese workers on a variety of projects, China on Friday tacitly supported Pakistan’s decision to scoff at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority.

When asked about Pakistan’s plan to dissolve the CPEC Authority, an official body established by the previous Imran Khan government, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “China has taken notice of the relevant facts.



We believe that future communications will be even closer and smoother and CPEC building

will achieve the greatest results,” Wang said.

Before the decision to scrap the CPEC Authority, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque met China’s External Security Commissioner of the Foreign Ministry Cheng Guoping on August 16.

While the details of the meeting were not disclosed, a Chinese Foreign Ministry press release said the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on China-Pakistan relations, counter-terrorism and security cooperation between the two countries, among other things.

Future connections, in our opinion, will be more closer and more seamless, and CPEC construction

will produce the best results, according to Wang.

Moin ul Haque, the ambassador of Pakistan to China, met Cheng Guoping, the Foreign Ministry’s external security commissioner, on August 16 before the decision to dissolve the CPEC Authority.

The meeting’s specifics were not made public, but according to a press release from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the two parties engaged in a thorough discussion about counterterrorism, security cooperation, and China-Pakistan relations

According to reports in Pakistani media on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to dissolve the CPEC Authority, but the decision is contingent upon receiving China’s approval. China is said to have already spent about USD 28 billion on a number of CPEC projects, but their development was slowed down by security concerns and the Pakistani government’s slow implementation.

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