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Chinese government was rapidly developing the Xinjiang province: PM Imran Khan

By Shafqat Ali | Gwadar Pro Feb 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 11: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday afternoon said that the Chinese government was rapidly developing the Xinjiang province,

Commenting on the accusations of the United States and Europe on the genocide of Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province, PM Khan maintained that the reports received from Pakistan’s envoy in China after his visit to the province were “completely different.”

Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haq was especially asked to go and have a look to find out what was actually going on in Xinjiang, he mentioned in an interview with Dr. Eric Li, Director of the Advisory Committee of China Institute of Fudan University.

“The report he (envoy) gave to us was completely different that is coming out (about Uyghurs) on the western media. According to him, the emphasis on development in Xinjiang is ‘unprecedented’,” he stated.

He explained that the envoy, however, did mention a certain security issue because of the terror attacks by ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Movement).

The PM dismissed the “suspicion” of Western countries about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port and said the projects were a great opportunity for regional development.

“The suspicion about CPEC and Gwadar makes no sense…We invite other countries to join as well,” he asserted.

Imran Khan underscored that the projects would prove beneficial not only for Pakistan and China but for the entire region.

He stressed that his top priority was the uplift of 220 million people of Pakistan, adding that these projects in this regard would help in poverty alleviation and wealth creation.

On ties with China, he emphasised that the all-weather friendship between the two countries withstood the test of time. For 70 years, he underlined, the relations with China had been consistent.

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