China on Sunday vowed closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC financial investment program and required solving the Kashmir concern correctly and quietly while opposing any “unilateral actions” that might complicate the circumstance as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the leading Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping.
Khan called on President Xi on the last day of his four-day visit to China to talk about a host of issues including the sluggish rate of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing issues of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese workers working in its numerous projects in Pakistan.
In his conference with Khan, Xi stated China firmly supports Pakistan in securing nationwide independence, sovereignty, self-respect and battling terrorism, state-run Xinhua news firm reported.
He stated China wants to join hands with Pakistan to press forward the in-depth development of the CPEC and ensure the execution of crucial projects.
“Both sides restated that a thriving and tranquil South Asia remains in the common interest of all celebrations,” said a joint declaration issued at the end of Khans visit to China to participate in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They stressed the significance of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all exceptional disagreements to promote regional cooperation and advance the objectives of enduring peace, stability and shared prosperity in the area,” it stated.
“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the most recent advancements on the scenario in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its issues, position and pushing issues at the minute. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history, and need to be effectively and quietly fixed based upon the UN Charter, pertinent Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the circumstance,” it said.
In the past, India strongly declined recommendations made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint declaration by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union territory along with Ladakh have been and will stay its inalienable and important part.
In July 2021, External Affairs Ministry representative Arindam Bagchi had actually objected to reference made to the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a declaration by the 2 nations, stating it is in Indian territory that has been illegally inhabited by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India unconditionally declines any referral to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union area of Ladakh has actually been and will remain an inalienable and important part of India,” Bagchi had actually stated.
The spokesperson had actually 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 occupied by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan bringing up any material modification in Indian territories under its prohibited profession. We call upon parties concerned to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint statement also stated that China acknowledged Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the battle against terrorism adding that both sides reaffirmed their dedication to fighting terrorism in all its types and symptoms.
It said, “both sides consented to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at different levels in between the armed forces of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans biggest provider of weapons consisting of battle tanks, fighter aircraft and latest naval frigates.”They underscored that stronger defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an essential factor of peace and stability in the area,” it said.
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 several contracts to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint statement stated “both sides expressed their strong determination to protect CPEC from all risks and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its dedication to making full-scale efforts for the security of all Chinese workers, jobs and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its appreciation for the measures taken by Pakistan.
China has repeatedly contacted Pakistan to step up security for countless its personnel 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 offenses versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Accompanying his visit, the two sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in locations of economic and technical, industry, financial investment, facilities, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and trade education, the joint declaration stated.
Prominent of these contracts whose details 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 so far invested about USD 25 billion, according to its envoy to Islamabad, Nong Rong.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi contacted the 2 sides to “develop better future for bilateral relations with firmer confidence”, state-run Xinhua news company reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration said “the two sides are prepared to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.
Xi revealed Chinas desire to deal with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and technology, agriculture and peoples wellbeing, construct a green, digital and healthy corridor, and support Pakistans industrialization to improve its sustainable development capability.
Xi said that China wants to reinforce 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 conference with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas concern in neighbourhood diplomacy and motivates its service enterprises to invest.
Pakistan is willing to take active steps to promote the construction of the second phase of CPEC, and enhance cooperation with China in the fields of information, industry and farming innovation, said Khan.
This is Khans 4th see to China as he paid last go to in October 2019.