China on Sunday pledged closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme and called for dealing with the Kashmir concern effectively and in harmony while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could make complex the circumstance as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese management, including President Xi Jinping.
Khan called on President Xi on the last day of his four-day check out to China to talk about a host of issues including the sluggish pace of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing issues of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese workers working in its different projects in Pakistan.
In his conference with Khan, Xi stated China firmly supports Pakistan in securing nationwide self-reliance, sovereignty, self-respect and fighting terrorism, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
He said China is prepared to join hands with Pakistan to push forward the thorough advancement of the CPEC and guarantee the implementation of essential projects.
“Both sides reiterated that a thriving and tranquil South Asia remains in the common interest of all parties,” stated a joint statement issued at the end of Khans check out to China to participate in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They emphasised the significance of pursuit of discussion and resolution of all outstanding disagreements 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 scenario in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its concerns, position and pressing concerns at the minute. The Chinese side restated that the Kashmir problem was a disagreement left from history, and should be effectively and quietly fixed based on the UN Charter, pertinent Security Council resolutions and bilateral arrangements. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the circumstance,” it said.
In the past, India strongly 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 actually objected to reference made to the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a statement by the two countries, stating it is in Indian area that has been unlawfully occupied by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India unconditionally declines any reference to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union area of Ladakh has been and will remain an inalienable and integral part of India,” Bagchi had said.
The representative had said that India has actually regularly conveyed to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is in Indias territory.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other countries to alter the status quo in locations illegally occupied by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan bringing up any material modification in Indian areas under its unlawful profession. We hire celebrations worried to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint declaration also stated that China identified Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the fight against terrorism including that both sides declared their commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
It stated, “both sides concurred to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at numerous levels between the armed forces of Pakistan and China”.
China has actually emerged as Pakistans greatest supplier of weapons consisting of battle tanks, fighter airplane and most current naval frigates.”They underscored that more powerful defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an important aspect of peace and stability in the region,” it said.
In his conference with Khan, Xi while calling for “firmer confidence” between China and Pakistan relations stated that “strategic significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more prominent” as 2 countries signed a number of contracts to tighten all-weather ties.
The joint declaration said “both sides expressed their strong decision to safeguard CPEC from all threats and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its dedication to making full-scale efforts for the security of all Chinese personnel, tasks and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its appreciation for the procedures taken by Pakistan.
China has repeatedly contacted Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its personnel operating in the CPEC in view of a number of attacks on them.
Khan applauded the Chinese management for hosting the Winter Olympics which was diplomatically boycotted by the United States and its allies over human rights offenses versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Coinciding with his visit, the 2 sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of technical and economic, market, financial investment, infrastructure, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, catastrophe management, culture, sports and occupation education, the joint declaration stated.
Prominent of these arrangements whose details are not exposed was the brand-new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to begin the construction of the 2nd phase 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 2 sides to “create much better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news company reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration said “the 2 sides are ready to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.
Xi revealed Chinas desire to work with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and technology, agriculture and individualss wellbeing, construct a green, digital and healthy passage, and support Pakistans industrialization to boost its sustainable advancement capability.
Xi said that China wants to enhance 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 conference with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas concern in area diplomacy and motivates its service enterprises to invest.
Pakistan wants to take active steps to promote the construction of the second stage of CPEC, and enhance cooperation with China in the fields of agriculture, market and details technology, stated Khan.
This is Khans fourth visit to China as he paid last see in October 2019.