China will continue to firmly support Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts and earnestly protect the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan.
About understanding of the Pakistan Taliban and the Afghan Taliban, the spokesperson said, these two are different. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is a terrorist organization designated by the Pakistani government and the international community universally, which admits that it was behind terrorist attacks including the bomb blast of the hotel in Quetta.
The Afghan Taliban is a self-styled political and military organization which openly states that it prohibits any organization or individual from taking advantage of Afghanistan’s territory to threaten other countries. It has maintained dialogue and contact with the Afghan government and the international community in recent years.
Terrorism is a common enemy of mankind. China stands ready to work with the international community to step up anti-terrorism cooperation and uphold world peace and tranquility.
To a question, he said, the Chinese side has repeatedly stated its position on China-Pakistan relations and the CPEC.
The bus’s tragedy is an isolated incident. ” We believe that Pakistan is fully capable of protecting the safety and security of Chinese personnel and property in Pakistan.
After the attack on the Dasu Hydropower Project bus, on-site work was temporarily halted so as to channel more resources into handling the emergency such as rescuing the injured and attending to the matters of the deceased.
At the same time, efforts were made to comb through security risks and shore up security measures. Work at project will be resumed once the conditions are ripe.
As to the Pakistani employees with the project, we understand their contracts are still valid and they remain at their posts.
Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesperson also made the matter clear in a statement on July 18 and reaffirmed the two sides’ commitment to timely completion of the Dasu Hydropower Project and other bilateral cooperation projects.
Some people are under the false impression that the Dasu Hydropower Project is under the framework of the CPEC.
I’d like to clarify the matter here. It is not a CPEC project, but just a economic cooperation project between China and Pakistan.”