Punjab CM urges Centre to return Chinese company’s donations towards PM CARES Fund

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh

The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, June 29

Emphasizing the need to adopt a tough line with China, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return funds received from Chinese companies towards the PM CARES Fund just ahead of conflict at Line of Actual Control.

Punjab CM said that the PM Cares Fund, which has been set up with an aim to collect funds for fighting COVID-19 pandemic, got contributions to the tune of Rs. 7 crore from Huawei. Apart from this, another Chinese company Tik Tok gave Rs. 30 crore, Xiaomi Rs. 10 crore and Oppo Rs. 1 crore. He said that these contributions were pouring in since 2013 onwards.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the said contributions should be returned forthwith as India doesn’t need Chinese funds to combat COVID-19 and in a position to well manage the crisis on its own in these trying circumstances. Expressing anguish over the Chinese incursions, Captain Amarinder Singh said it was distressing that on one hand Chinese were killing our soldiers and on the other contributing funds in PM CARES, which is unfair and hence these funds should be returned back.

Referring to the genesis of the border tension, Captain pointed out that the Chinese had reached right halfway through to the Siachen Glacier after Pakistan ceded the northern part of Shaksgam Valley in PoK in 1963. Beyond that there is an area that is any case belongs to China, he asserted, that there is a little gap between the Siachen glacier and the Aksai Chin area, which is the Daulat Beg gap, which China is trying to close to block the Indian access to the erstwhile Kashmir of 1947. He also underlined the need for both military and diplomatic solutions to bring an end to the escalating border tension.

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