China offers technical assistance to areas affected by floods
Pakistan and Human Rights Researcher
Global Human Rights Defence
It seems CPEC might bring some relief to those affected by the ongoing floods in Pakistan. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and the Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe met to discuss progress related to the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) this Monday. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) emitted a news release after the meeting, detailing some of the aspects discussed.
Related to the progress of the CPEC, both sides agreed on the satisfaction of the project and their willingness to continue their work together and further expand the cooperation in the future, particularly as the two sides agreed that the CEPC is aimed at bringing "more benefits and prosperity to the people of both countries."
In regards to the floods devastating several areas of Pakistan, General Fenghe conveyed "(...) his grief over the devastation caused by ongoing floods in Pakistan due to climate changes and offered sincere condolence to the families of the victims," according to the ISPR. He also appreciated Pakistan Army’s rescue and relief efforts in flood affected areas. General Fenghe likewise expressed China’s willingness to provide technical assistance to Pakistan for relief activities in affected areas.
Although details have not been provided on what exactly this technical assistance would entail, this public expression of intent will hopefully signify the start of increased assistance and relief toward the communities affected by the floods as devastation continues to soar. Particularly as China’s intent to help comes after the UN and the United States have expressed concern and intention to provide assistance, it may encourage more states to assist where they can and reduce the magnitude of the impact these floods have created.
Sources and further reading:
- International the News. In meeting with COAS, China's defence minister extends 'technical assistance' to Pakistan's flood-hit areas. (2022, 19 September). Thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 19 September 2022 from https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/992782-chinas-defence-minister-extends-technical-assistance-for-pakistans-flood-hit-areas-in-meeting-with-coas
- Geo News. CPEC aimed at bringing more benefits for both countries: Chinese defence minister. (2022, 19 September). Geo.tv. Retrieved 19 September 2022 from https://www.geo.tv/latest/441213-cpec-aimed-at-bringing-more-benefits-for-both-countries-chinese-defence-minister
3. Pakistan Today. China offers technical assistance to support Pak flood relief efforts. (2022, 19 September). Pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 19 September 2022 from https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2022/09/19/army-chief-arrives-in-china-on-state-visist/