Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada

2023-06-14 22:00

Q: Recently, a Canadian employee from the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) resigned and made public accusations against AIIB. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland also made remarks on this issue today. What are your comments on this?

A: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a key member of the multilateral development system with 106 members, including China and Canada. AIIB aims to foster sustainable economic development, create wealth and improve infrastructure connectivity through investments in infrastructure and other productive sectors; it also aims to work closely with other multilateral and bilateral development agencies to advance regional cooperation and partnership to address development challenges. China is an important member of AIIB and has always followed multilateral rules and procedures, and participated in decision-making through multilateral governance mechanisms such as the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors. The remarks made by the individual are outright lies with an attempt to seek sensationalization. AIIB has responded that recent public comments and characterization of the Bank of that individual are baseless and disappointing.

As for the "de-risk" mentioned by the Canadian leader, I would like to emphasize that numerous facts show that China is an active contributor to world peace, common development and response to global challenges. The true risks faced by the world are such practices as stoking bloc confrontation and brewing a new Cold War, wantonly interfering in other countries' internal affairs and causing regional turmoil and chaos, politicizing trade and sci-tech issues and destabilizing global industrial and supply chains, shifting domestic economic and financial risks overseas and reaping global wealth like a seasonal crop. The international community needs to be vigilant and jointly fend off these risks. As for the alleged "authoritarian regimes," some countries are willfully pointing fingers at other countries and even wielding the big stick of sanctions, which are absolutely “authoritarian” behaviours.