China on Sunday promised closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC financial investment program and called for solving the Kashmir problem appropriately and quietly while opposing any “unilateral actions” that might make complex the circumstance as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese management, including President Xi Jinping.
Khan gotten in touch with 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 projects in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi stated China securely supports Pakistan in securing nationwide self-reliance, sovereignty, self-respect and fighting terrorism, state-run Xinhua news firm reported.
He stated China wants to join hands with Pakistan to push forward the in-depth development of the CPEC and ensure the application of key tasks.
“Both sides restated that a thriving and peaceful South Asia is in the common interest of all celebrations,” stated a joint declaration released at the end of Khans see to China to attend the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They emphasised the value of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all exceptional disputes to promote local cooperation and advance the goals of enduring peace, stability and shared prosperity in the region,” it said.
“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the latest developments on the circumstance in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its issues, position and pushing problems at the minute. The Chinese side restated that the Kashmir issue was a disagreement left from history, and ought to be effectively and quietly fixed based upon the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral contracts. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the situation,” it said.
In the past, India strongly turned down 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 actually been and will remain 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 countries, saying it remains in Indian territory that has been unlawfully inhabited by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India unconditionally rejects any reference to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh has actually been and will stay a integral and inalienable part of India,” Bagchi had actually said.
The representative had actually stated that India has consistently communicated to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is in Indias area.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other nations to change the status quo in locations illegally occupied by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan raising any material modification in Indian territories under its unlawful occupation. We hire parties concerned to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint statement also said that China acknowledged Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the battle against terrorism including that both sides declared their dedication to combating terrorism in all its types and manifestations.
It stated, “both sides consented to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at various levels in between the militaries of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans greatest supplier of weapons consisting of battle tanks, fighter aircraft and newest naval frigates.”They highlighted that stronger defence and security cooperation between Pakistan and China was a crucial element of peace and stability in the region,” it stated.
In his conference with Khan, Xi while calling for “firmer self-confidence” in between China and Pakistan relations stated that “strategic significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more prominent” as two nations signed numerous arrangements to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint declaration stated “both sides revealed their strong determination to protect CPEC from all dangers and unfavorable propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its dedication to making all-out efforts for the security of all Chinese personnel, tasks and organizations in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its gratitude for the steps taken by Pakistan.
China has actually repeatedly gotten in touch with Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its personnel operating in the CPEC in view of several 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 against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Coinciding with his check out, the 2 sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in locations of technical and economic, market, investment, infrastructure, area, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and trade education, the joint declaration said.
Prominent of these contracts whose information are not exposed was the new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to begin the building of the 2nd stage of the CPEC in which China has so far invested about USD 25 billion, according to its envoy to Islamabad, Nong Rong.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi gotten in touch with the 2 sides to “produce much better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news company reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration stated “the 2 sides are prepared to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.
Xi expressed Chinas desire to deal with Pakistan to broaden cooperation in the fields such as science and technology, farming and peoples health and wellbeing, construct a green, healthy and digital passage, and assistance Pakistans industrialization to improve its sustainable development capability.
Xi said that China is ready to reinforce coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms consisting of the United Nations, to protect world and local peace and stability.
On Saturday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his meeting with Khan stated Pakistan is Chinas concern in neighbourhood diplomacy and encourages its business enterprises to invest.
Pakistan is willing to take active steps to promote the building and construction of the 2nd stage of CPEC, and reinforce cooperation with China in the fields of market, farming and info innovation, said Khan.
This is Khans 4th check out to China as he paid last visit in October 2019.