China on Sunday promised better cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC financial investment programme and called for fixing the Kashmir problem appropriately and quietly while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could complicate the circumstance 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 talk about a host of concerns including the sluggish pace of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing concerns of Beijing over repeating attacks on Chinese workers working in its numerous projects in Pakistan.
In his conference with Khan, Xi said China strongly supports Pakistan in safeguarding nationwide independence, sovereignty, self-respect and fighting terrorism, state-run Xinhua news company reported.
He stated China is willing to sign up with hands with Pakistan to push forward the thorough advancement of the CPEC and ensure the implementation of crucial tasks.
“Both sides reiterated that a serene and thriving South Asia is in the typical interest of all parties,” stated a joint statement provided at the end of Khans visit to China to participate in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They emphasised the importance of pursuit of discussion and resolution of all outstanding disputes to promote regional cooperation and advance the objectives of enduring peace, stability and shared success in the area,” it stated.
“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the current developments on the scenario in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its issues, position and pressing concerns at the minute. The Chinese side restated that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history, and need to be appropriately and peacefully dealt with based on the UN Charter, appropriate Security Council resolutions and bilateral contracts. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the circumstance,” it said.
In the past, India highly declined references made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint statement by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union area as well as Ladakh have been and will remain its important and inalienable 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 nations, stating it is in Indian territory 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 remain a integral and inalienable part of India,” Bagchi had said.
The spokesperson had stated that India has actually 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 alter the status quo in locations unlawfully inhabited by Pakistan as also to Pakistan raising any material change in Indian territories under its unlawful profession. We call upon parties worried to cease such actions,” he stated.
The China-Pakistan joint declaration also said that China identified Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the battle against terrorism adding that both sides declared their dedication to eliminating terrorism in all its types and symptoms.
It stated, “both sides consented to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at various levels between the armed forces of Pakistan and China”.
China has actually become Pakistans most significant supplier of weapons consisting of battle tanks, fighter aircraft and most current marine frigates.”They underscored that stronger defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an essential factor of peace and stability in the region,” it said.
In his conference with Khan, Xi while calling for “firmer self-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 firm up all-weather ties.
The joint declaration said “both sides expressed their strong decision to safeguard CPEC from all risks and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan declared its commitment to making all-out efforts for the security of all Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its gratitude for the measures taken by Pakistan.
China has actually repeatedly called on Pakistan to step up security for countless its personnel operating in the CPEC in view of a number of attacks on them.
Khan applauded the Chinese leadership for hosting the Winter Olympics which was diplomatically boycotted by the US and its allies over human rights violations against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Accompanying his visit, the 2 sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of technical and financial, industry, investment, infrastructure, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, catastrophe management, culture, sports and employment education, the joint declaration said.
Prominent of these contracts whose details are not revealed was the brand-new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to begin the building 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 called on the 2 sides to “develop 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 ready 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, develop a green, healthy and digital passage, and support Pakistans industrialization to enhance its sustainable development ability.
Xi stated that China is willing to enhance 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 said Pakistan is Chinas top priority in area diplomacy and motivates its organization enterprises to invest.
Pakistan wants to take active steps to promote the construction of the second phase of CPEC, and strengthen cooperation with China in the fields of info, agriculture and market technology, said Khan.
This is Khans 4th check out to China as he paid last see in October 2019.