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


China on Sunday promised better cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme and called for resolving the Kashmir problem correctly and peacefully while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could make complex the circumstance as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping.
Khan called on President Xi on the last day of his four-day see to China to discuss a host of problems consisting of the sluggish speed of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing concerns of Beijing over repeating attacks on Chinese workers working in its different jobs in Pakistan.
In his conference with Khan, Xi said China firmly supports Pakistan in protecting national self-reliance, sovereignty, self-respect and fighting terrorism, state-run Xinhua news company reported.
He said China is ready to join hands with Pakistan to push forward the thorough development of the CPEC and guarantee the application of essential projects.
“Both sides restated that a thriving and peaceful South Asia remains in the common interest of all parties,” said a joint declaration issued at the end of Khans see to China to participate in the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They stressed the value of pursuit of discussion and resolution of all outstanding disagreements to promote local cooperation and advance the goals of long lasting peace, stability and shared success in the area,” it stated.
“The Pakistan side informed the Chinese side on the current advancements on the scenario in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its concerns, position and pressing problems at the minute. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue was a disagreement left from history, and must be appropriately and quietly dealt with based on 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 highly turned down recommendations made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint declaration by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union area along with Ladakh have actually been and will stay its integral and inalienable 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, stating it is in Indian area that has actually been illegally occupied by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India categorically turns down any reference to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union area of Ladakh has actually been and will stay an inalienable and important part of India,” Bagchi had actually said.
The representative had said that India has regularly conveyed to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is in Indias area.
“We resolutely oppose any attempts by other nations to change the status quo in areas illegally inhabited by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan raising any product modification in Indian territories under its unlawful occupation. We call upon celebrations concerned to stop such actions,” he stated.
The China-Pakistan joint declaration also stated that China identified Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the battle against terrorism adding that both sides reaffirmed their dedication to combating terrorism in all its kinds and manifestations.
It stated, “both sides accepted continue the momentum in defence cooperation at numerous levels between the militaries of Pakistan and China”.
China has actually emerged as Pakistans biggest supplier of weapons including fight tanks, fighter aircraft and latest naval frigates.”They highlighted that more powerful defence and security cooperation between Pakistan and China was an important element of peace and stability in the area,” it said.
In his conference with Khan, Xi while calling for “firmer self-confidence” between China and Pakistan relations said that “strategic significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more prominent” as 2 countries signed numerous agreements to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint statement said “both sides revealed their strong determination to safeguard CPEC from all dangers and negative 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 expressed its appreciation for the steps taken by Pakistan.
China has actually consistently gotten in touch with Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its personnel working 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 US and its allies over human rights offenses versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Accompanying his visit, the 2 sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of economic and technical, market, financial investment, infrastructure, area, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and trade education, the joint declaration stated.
Popular of these arrangements whose details are not revealed was the brand-new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to begin the construction of the 2nd phase of the CPEC in which China has so far invested about USD 25 billion, according to its envoy to Islamabad, Nong Rong.
In his conference with Khan, Xi called on the 2 sides to “create better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news firm reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration stated “the two sides are all set to talk about with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.

Xi revealed Chinas determination to work with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, farming and individualss health and wellbeing, develop a green, digital and healthy corridor, and support Pakistans industrialization to boost 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 conference with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas concern in area diplomacy and motivates its company enterprises to invest.
Pakistan is prepared to take active steps to promote the building of the second phase of CPEC, and strengthen cooperation with China in the fields of industry, details and agriculture innovation, said Khan.
This is Khans 4th check out to China as he paid last go to in October 2019.


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