China stands solidly behind Pakistan amid floods
ISLAMABAD, Aug. 28 (Gwadar Pro)- The Chinese Embassy is highly active these days to support Pakistan as the country faces destructive floods.
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong held several meetings over the weekend to discuss the flood situation with the Pakistani leaders and hand over Chinese donations to the Pakistani government. The Chinese envoy held meetings among others with federal ministers Shazain Bugti and Ahsan Iqbal to assure China’s unwavering support during this difficult time.
“Had a fruitful discussion with Shahzain Bugti @ShahzainBugti3, Minister for Narcotic’s Control. His Excellency highly appreciated the emergency humanitarian assistance from the Chinese government for flood relief, including to Balochistan. We are with Pak in times of difficulties,” Ambassador Nong Rong tweeted after a meeting on Saturday afternoon.
Earlier, the envoy held a meeting with Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal.
“Together with @betterpakistan , Federal Minister of PD&SI (Planning, Development and Special Initiatives),” he tweeted as he handed over the Pakistani Rs 15 million donation to PM Relief Fund by Chinese companies.
“China is always together with Pakistan to overcome the flood disaster and pull through at an early date,” Ambassador Nong Rong added.
A few days earlier, China expressed deep condolences and sympathies with the victims of flash floods in Balochistan and Sindh and announced the provision of emergency humanitarian aid, including tents and urgently-needed relief material.
A spokesman of the Chinese government said the emergency humanitarian aid, including 25,000 tents and relief materials, was dispatched forthwith, while 4,000 tents, 50,000 blankets, 50,000 tarpaulins and other reserves provided by China under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) social and people’s livelihood cooperation had been put into the frontline for relief.
“Red Cross Society of China has already provided emergency cash assistance of (US) $300,000 to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society,” the spokesman informed.
He further stated: “China has noticed that severe floods in Pakistan recently caused heavy casualties and property losses. We would like to express our deep sympathies to the victims and offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the injured and the people hit in the disaster.”
The Chinese spokesman mentioned that the “statement shared by the Chinese Mission in Islamabad reminded us that China and Pakistan are true friends who shared weal and woes and had a fine tradition of helping each other in major natural disasters. Since the floods in Pakistan, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed condolences to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto.”