Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Pakistan, China ink accord to enhance cooperation in foreign affairs

Pakistan, China ink accord to enhance cooperation in foreign affairs

A Pakistani diplomat said that China's aid was required as an "equalizer".

China Monday made it clear that it is opposed to the United States "finger pointing" at Pakistan and linking its all-weather ally with terrorism, insisting that the responsibility of combating terror outfits can not be placed on a particular country. "It won't serve China's interests to have terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan", the senior administration official said on condition of anonymity. "Pakistan already has deep historical ties with China going back to many years and they have close military ties.

Now it's China." A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman called this report just speculation and guesswork, but now it seems that the naval base will be built.

Responding to a question on the role of China in convincing Pakistan to take action, Kang said it does not agree with placing responsibility on one particular country. "All countries shall enhance counter-terrorism cooperation and benefit from synergy while bearing in mind mutual respect and equality, rather than hurling accusations and pressurizing upon each other which works against the global community cooperating effectively against terrorism", he said.

Under the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Beijing is developing Gwadar port, the last point of the economic route that begins from Chinese city Kashgar. So that's one issue.

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China has been vocal in extending support to Pakistan since US President Donald Trump stepped up criticism against Islamabad for providing safe havens for terrorists. "As far as possible Pakistan wants to engage with the U.S. because it is not only a global power but also has its presence in the region", she said.

Trump in a New Year's Day tweet accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the USA but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for Dollars 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

"Incentives offered under the policy are not restricting any Pakistani firm to invest in power sector", spokesperson of the ministry Asim Khan said adding that the Chinese companies had hired Pakistani engineers and workers in large numbers for execution of early harvest China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, which even touched 30,000 in number.

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