In a rare rebuttal, Chinese embassy officials on Monday brushed aside allegations of 'wrongdoing' in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
CPEC is once again in the spotlight causing damage to the project by making it controversial.
"For those who accuse CPEC projects of corruption, there is one Chinese saying: Gauge the heart of a gentleman with one's own mean measure," acting Chinese ambassador Lijian Zhao said on Twitter.
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For those who accuse CPEC projects of corruption, there is one Chinese saying: Gauge the heart of a gentleman with one's own mean measure.— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) December 19, 2016
Among the many criticisms of the mega project comes the claim that Punjab province is set to be the biggest beneficiary over other smaller provinces.
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Scathing criticism surfaced on social media against the project whereby, China was being accused of using 'prisoners as labour'. Pushing back on further criticisms and dismissing allegations of corruption, Zhao clarified that "China punished 1.01 million officials since 2013."
No need to be cynical. FYI, China punished 1.01 million officials since 2013. CPEC projects are a clean sheet. They are part of the war, too https://t.co/Q3wjJXi8VU— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) December 19, 2016
Is China using Prisoners as labour to save costs under CPEC? This is nonsense. The person spreads rumors like this has a hidden agenda— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) December 19, 2016
CPEC has been heralded as a “game-changer” that promises to bring peace and prosperity to Pakistan. It is a package of infrastructure and energy projects originally priced at USD 46 billion, though recently the figure has increased to USD 51 billion after China committed to fund the Karachi-Lahore rail line.