China says opposed to ‘unilateral actions’ to resolve Kashmir issue, Xi & Imran vow to promote CPEC projects in Pakistan

China on Sunday vowed better cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC financial investment program and called for solving the Kashmir issue effectively and in harmony while opposing any “unilateral actions” that might complicate the situation as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the leading Chinese leadership, consisting of President Xi Jinping.
Khan gotten in touch with President Xi on the last day of his four-day visit to China to discuss a host of problems consisting of the sluggish speed of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing issues of Beijing over repeating attacks on Chinese workers operating in its various tasks in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi stated China strongly supports Pakistan in safeguarding nationwide independence, sovereignty, self-respect and battling terrorism, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
He said China is ready to sign up with hands with Pakistan to push forward the extensive advancement of the CPEC and make sure the execution of essential projects.
“Both sides restated that a serene and thriving South Asia remains in the common interest of all parties,” said a joint statement issued at the end of Khans visit to China to go to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They emphasised the value of pursuit of discussion and resolution of all exceptional disputes to promote regional cooperation and advance the objectives of long lasting peace, stability and shared prosperity in the area,” it said.
“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the current advancements on the circumstance in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its concerns, position and pushing concerns at the minute. The Chinese side restated that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history, and should be appropriately and in harmony resolved based on the UN Charter, appropriate Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the circumstance,” it stated.
In the past, India highly rejected referrals made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint declaration by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union area as well as Ladakh have been and will stay its inalienable and integral part.
In July 2021, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had objected to reference made to the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a statement by the two nations, stating it remains in Indian area that has actually been illegally occupied by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India unconditionally turns down any reference to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh has actually been and will remain a integral and inalienable part of India,” Bagchi had actually stated.
The representative had said that India has actually consistently communicated to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is in Indias area.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other countries to change the status quo in locations illegally inhabited by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan raising any product change in Indian areas under its illegal occupation. We hire celebrations worried to stop such actions,” he stated.
The China-Pakistan joint statement also stated that China acknowledged Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the fight against terrorism adding that both sides declared their commitment to combating terrorism in all its types and symptoms.
It said, “both sides consented to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at numerous levels in between the militaries of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans greatest supplier of weapons consisting of battle tanks, fighter airplane and newest marine frigates.”They underscored that stronger defence and security cooperation between Pakistan and China was an important factor of peace and stability in the region,” it stated.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi while requiring “firmer confidence” between China and Pakistan relations said that “strategic significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more prominent” as 2 nations signed several contracts to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint statement said “both sides revealed their strong decision to secure CPEC from all hazards and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to making full-blown efforts for the security of all Chinese workers, tasks and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side expressed its gratitude for the steps taken by Pakistan.
China has repeatedly called on Pakistan to step up security for countless its personnel working in the CPEC in view of numerous attacks on them.
Khan praised the Chinese management for hosting the Winter Olympics which was diplomatically boycotted by the US and its allies over human rights offenses versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Corresponding with his go to, the two sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in locations of financial and technical, industry, investment, facilities, area, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and trade education, the joint statement said.
Popular of these agreements whose details are not revealed was the new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to start the construction of the 2nd stage of the CPEC in which China has actually up until now invested about USD 25 billion, according to its envoy to Islamabad, Nong Rong.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi called on the two sides to “create better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration stated “the two sides are ready to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.

Xi expressed Chinas determination to work with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, farming and peoples wellness, build a green, digital and healthy corridor, and support Pakistans industrialization to improve its sustainable development ability.
Xi stated that China wants to strengthen coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms including the United Nations, to safeguard world and local peace and stability.
On Saturday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his meeting with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas top priority in neighbourhood diplomacy and encourages its business enterprises to invest.
Pakistan wants to take active steps to promote the building of the second phase of CPEC, and enhance cooperation with China in the fields of farming, info and industry technology, stated Khan.
This is Khans fourth check out to China as he paid last see in October 2019.

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