China reaffirms support to Pakistan as ally in war against terror

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

The development comes three days after China, along with Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa associated Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) with global terror groups like Islamic State (Isis) and al-Qaeda.

Political Bureau Member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Meng Jianzhu met with Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif here in Zhongnanhai Ziguangge during his day-long visit of China.

Addressing a press conference along with his Pakistani counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Pakistan's people, government and the armed forces rendered unprecedented sacrifices against terrorism.

China and Pakistan today took swipes at President Donald Trump's newly unveiled Afghanistan policy as they called for new talks with the Taliban to resolve the 16-year conflict in the land-locked nation.

Emphasising on trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, Wang said his country wants improved relations between Islamabad and Kabul and is also ready to support both the sides.

"The government and people of Pakistan have made huge sacrifices in the fight against terror for everyone to see and the worldwide community should recognise that", Wang said.

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Highlights:1. Chinese foreign minister expressed unconditional support for Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied harbouring terrorists and the allegation that it distinguishes between the "good Taliban", who do not pose a threat to the country, and the "bad Taliban", who do threaten the country's security. On the other hand, Asif appreciated the efforts made by Beijing to mediate peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Thus, China reaffirmed its support for Pakistan after Trump said last month that Pakistan was continuing to provide refuge to militants who were targeting the United States army. The most notable of these being the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that would connect the coastal town of Gwadar in Baluchistan to Kashgar in Xinjiang via Gilgit Baltistan (GB) in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

The port of Gwadar was open for operations past year and has since been a cause of worry as Chinese People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships are supposed to be docked there for added security.

China highly cherishes the all-weather strategic cooperation partnership with Pakistan, which is unlikely to change despite pressure from India.

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