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 investment programme and required fixing the Kashmir concern properly and in harmony while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could make complex the scenario as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the leading Chinese management, consisting of President Xi Jinping.
Khan contacted President Xi on the last day of his four-day see to China to discuss a host of issues including the sluggish speed of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing concerns of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese personnel operating in its various tasks in Pakistan.
In his conference with Khan, Xi said China securely supports Pakistan in securing national self-reliance, sovereignty, dignity and combating terrorism, state-run Xinhua news company reported.
He stated China is ready to join hands with Pakistan to press forward the thorough advancement of the CPEC and make sure the execution of essential projects.
“Both sides reiterated that a peaceful and thriving South Asia remains in the typical interest of all celebrations,” stated a joint statement provided at the end of Khans visit to China to go to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They emphasised the significance of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all impressive conflicts to promote local cooperation and advance the objectives of enduring peace, stability and shared success in the region,” it stated.
“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the current developments on the situation in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its issues, position and pressing concerns at the moment. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history, and need to be effectively and in harmony resolved based upon the UN Charter, pertinent Security Council resolutions and bilateral arrangements. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the situation,” it stated.
In the past, India strongly declined referrals made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint statement by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union territory as well as Ladakh have been and will remain its integral and inalienable part.
In July 2021, External Affairs Ministry representative Arindam Bagchi had challenged reference made to the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a statement by the 2 nations, saying it is in Indian territory that has actually been unlawfully inhabited by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India categorically rejects any recommendation to Jammu and Kashmir. The union area of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh has been and will remain an inalienable and integral part of India,” Bagchi had actually said.
The spokesperson had said that India has actually consistently conveyed to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC remains in Indias area.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other countries to alter the status quo in locations illegally occupied by Pakistan as also to Pakistan raising any product modification in Indian areas under its prohibited profession. We call upon celebrations concerned to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint statement also stated that China recognised Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the battle versus terrorism adding that both sides reaffirmed their commitment to combating terrorism in all its types and manifestations.
It stated, “both sides accepted continue the momentum in defence cooperation at various levels in between the militaries of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans most significant provider of weapons consisting of battle tanks, fighter aircraft and latest marine frigates.”They underscored that more powerful defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an essential aspect of peace and stability in the region,” it stated.
In his conference with Khan, Xi while calling for “firmer self-confidence” between China and Pakistan relations stated that “tactical significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more popular” as 2 nations signed a number of agreements to tighten all-weather ties.
The joint declaration stated “both sides expressed their strong determination to secure CPEC from all threats and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan declared its dedication to making full-scale efforts for the security of all Chinese workers, jobs and organizations in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its gratitude for the measures taken by Pakistan.
China has actually consistently called on Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its workers working in the CPEC in view of numerous attacks on them.
Khan applauded the Chinese leadership for hosting the Winter Olympics which was diplomatically boycotted by the United States and its allies over human rights violations against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Accompanying his check out, the two sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of financial and technical, industry, investment, facilities, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, catastrophe management, culture, sports and occupation education, the joint statement stated.
Popular of these arrangements whose details are not revealed was the new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to begin the construction of the 2nd stage of the CPEC in which China has up until now invested about USD 25 billion, according to its envoy to Islamabad, Nong Rong.
In his conference with Khan, Xi gotten in touch with the two sides to “create much better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration said “the two sides are ready to go over with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.

Xi expressed Chinas determination to work with Pakistan to broaden cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, farming and peoples health and wellbeing, build a green, digital and healthy passage, and support Pakistans industrialization to boost its sustainable development capability.
Xi said that China wants to enhance coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms including the United Nations, to secure world and local peace and stability.
On Saturday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his meeting with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas concern in area diplomacy and motivates its business enterprises to invest.
Pakistan is prepared to take active actions to promote the building of the second phase of CPEC, and reinforce cooperation with China in the fields of agriculture, market and information technology, said Khan.
This is Khans fourth check out to China as he paid last visit in October 2019.


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