BEIJING     -   Former Finance Minister Asad Umar told the Chinese media that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has a rich potential of Pakistan’s economic growth and it meets the common aspirations of the people. CPEC has delivered benefits to both China and Pakistan, a Pakistani official said, questioning the double standards of certain countries on investment and rebutting the “debt trap” allegations.

The unfounded charges hurled at China’s investment in foreign countries are designed to create ill feelings among people by attempting to cast aspersions on motives of Chinese investment, said Asad Umar, who is currently chairman of Pakistan’s National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance.

“It is blatant hypocrisy, designed simply to malign China,” he said. “China’s investment in other countries is a two-way thing. It is good for China and it is good for other countries.”

The former finance minister defended the CPEC, a major project within the framework of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in his interview with Xinhua.

Umar said that early projects of the CPEC have been completed, but there are still projects under construction such as port infrastructure, power plants and road networks.

The CPEC with more potential to be tapped will help boost economic development in Pakistan in the future, he said.