China rejects India media reports about BRI projects

Report of blacklisting of China Harbour Company by Bangladeshi government is not true, says Chinese FO spokesperson


APP February 12, 2019
China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

BEIJING: China on Tuesday rejected a report about the cancellation of hydropower projects by Pakistan and Nepal with China and stated the information about the projects mentioned in the report was false and inconsistent with the facts.

"I remember this report was carried by Hindustan Times. The information about these projects mentioned in the report -- released by Indian Ministry of External Affairs -- is actually false and inconsistent with the facts," foreign ministry's spokesperson Hua Chunying told her regular daily briefing.

She explained that for example, the dam project was not included in the list of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and the hydropower project in Nepal was still in the negotiation stage. As for the blacklisting of China Harbour Company by the Bangladeshi government was concerned, it was also not true, she added.

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Hua said each project was the result of equal consultations between the parties concerned. Individual projects might encounter temporary difficulties or problems, but it could not change the fact that the Belt and Road cooperation had played a positive role in promoting economic and social development of the country concerned.

Responding to a separate question about the selling of Chinese aircraft carrier to Pakistan, Hua said that she had not seen such a report. "I have not heard of it," she said. The Chinese government had always strictly observed the three principles for arms exports: promoting the legitimate self-defence capability of the recipient country; strengthening peace, security and stability of that country and region; and non-interference in its internal affairs, she added.

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