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

China on Sunday pledged more detailed cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme and required resolving the Kashmir concern correctly and quietly while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could complicate the situation as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the leading Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping.
Khan contacted President Xi on the last day of his four-day check out to China to go over a host of problems including the sluggish speed of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing issues of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese workers working in its various projects in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi said China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty, self-respect and fighting terrorism, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
He stated China wants to sign up with hands with Pakistan to press forward the thorough development of the CPEC and guarantee the implementation of key projects.
“Both sides restated that a prosperous and serene South Asia remains in the typical interest of all parties,” said a joint statement provided at the end of Khans see 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 impressive disputes to promote local cooperation and advance the goals 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 issues, position and pushing problems at the moment. The Chinese side repeated that the Kashmir problem was a dispute left from history, and should be effectively and peacefully solved based upon the UN Charter, pertinent Security Council resolutions and bilateral contracts. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation,” it said.
In the past, India strongly declined referrals made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint declaration by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union territory along with Ladakh have actually been and will remain its inalienable and integral part.
In July 2021, External Affairs Ministry representative Arindam Bagchi had objected to reference made to the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a declaration by the 2 countries, saying it is in Indian territory that has actually been illegally occupied by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India categorically turns down any referral to Jammu and Kashmir. The union area of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh has actually been and will stay an inalienable and important part of India,” Bagchi had actually stated.
The spokesperson had said that India has consistently communicated to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is in Indias territory.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other nations to change the status quo in locations unlawfully occupied by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan bringing up any material modification in Indian territories under its illegal occupation. We hire parties concerned to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint statement likewise said that China identified Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the fight versus terrorism adding that both sides declared their dedication to combating terrorism in all its kinds and symptoms.
It said, “both sides concurred to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at different levels between the armed forces of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans greatest provider of weapons consisting of battle tanks, fighter airplane and latest naval frigates.”They underscored that more powerful defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was a crucial aspect of peace and stability in the area,” it stated.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi while requiring “firmer self-confidence” in between China and Pakistan relations stated that “strategic significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more popular” as two countries signed several agreements to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint statement said “both sides revealed their strong determination to protect CPEC from all risks and unfavorable propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to making all-out efforts for the security of all Chinese workers, tasks and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its appreciation for the procedures taken by Pakistan.
China has actually consistently contacted Pakistan to step up security for countless its personnel operating in the CPEC in view of numerous attacks on them.
Khan praised the Chinese leadership for hosting the Winter Olympics which was diplomatically boycotted by the United States and its allies over human rights infractions versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Accompanying his see, the two sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in locations of technical and financial, industry, investment, facilities, area, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and employment education, the joint declaration stated.
Prominent of these contracts whose information are not exposed was the new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to start the building and construction of the 2nd stage of the CPEC in which China has actually so far invested about USD 25 billion, according to its envoy to Islamabad, Nong Rong.
In his conference with Khan, Xi contacted the two sides to “develop better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news company reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration stated “the two sides are prepared to talk about with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.

Xi expressed Chinas desire to work with Pakistan to broaden cooperation in the fields such as science and technology, farming and individualss wellbeing, build a green, digital and healthy passage, and assistance Pakistans industrialization to enhance its sustainable advancement capability.
Xi stated that China wants to enhance coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms including the United Nations, to protect world and local peace and stability.
On Saturday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his meeting with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas priority in area diplomacy and motivates its company enterprises to invest.
Pakistan is ready to take active steps to promote the construction of the second stage of CPEC, and strengthen cooperation with China in the fields of information, farming and market technology, stated Khan.
This is Khans fourth see to China as he paid last see in October 2019.

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