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

China on Sunday pledged more detailed cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC financial investment program and required resolving the Kashmir problem appropriately and peacefully while opposing any “unilateral actions” that might make complex the scenario 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 check out to China to discuss a host of concerns consisting of the slow pace of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing concerns of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese workers working in its different tasks in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi said China firmly supports Pakistan in securing nationwide self-reliance, sovereignty, dignity and combating terrorism, state-run Xinhua news firm reported.
He stated China wants to sign up with hands with Pakistan to press forward the in-depth development of the CPEC and guarantee the application of essential projects.
“Both sides repeated that a thriving and serene South Asia remains in the typical interest of all celebrations,” stated a joint declaration issued at the end of Khans visit to China to attend the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They stressed the value of pursuit of discussion and resolution of all exceptional disagreements to promote regional cooperation and advance the goals of long lasting peace, stability and shared prosperity in the area,” it stated.
“The Pakistan side informed the Chinese side on the current developments on the scenario in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its concerns, position and pressing concerns at the moment. The Chinese side repeated that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history, and must be correctly and in harmony dealt with based upon the UN Charter, pertinent Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the situation,” it said.
In the past, India strongly declined referrals 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 remain its inalienable and essential 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, saying it remains in Indian territory that has actually been illegally inhabited by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India unconditionally rejects any referral to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh has been and will remain a essential and inalienable part of India,” Bagchi had actually stated.
The spokesperson had stated that India has actually consistently communicated to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC remains in Indias area.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other nations to alter the status quo in locations unlawfully occupied by Pakistan as also to Pakistan bringing up any product change in Indian areas under its unlawful occupation. We call upon parties concerned to stop such actions,” he stated.
The China-Pakistan joint statement likewise said that China identified Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the fight versus terrorism including that both sides declared their dedication to battling terrorism in all its types and manifestations.
It said, “both sides concurred to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at various levels in between the militaries of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans biggest provider of weapons including fight tanks, fighter aircraft and most current naval frigates.”They underscored that more powerful defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an essential element 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 said that “strategic significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more popular” as two nations signed numerous contracts to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint declaration stated “both sides expressed their strong determination to secure CPEC from all threats and unfavorable propaganda”.
Pakistan declared its dedication to making all-out efforts for the security of all Chinese workers, tasks and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its gratitude for the steps taken by Pakistan.
China has actually repeatedly contacted Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its personnel operating 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 US and its allies over human rights violations against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Accompanying his check out, the 2 sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of technical and financial, industry, investment, facilities, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and vocational education, the joint declaration said.
Popular of these agreements whose information 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 actually up until now 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 “develop better future for bilateral relations with firmer confidence”, state-run Xinhua news firm reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint statement said “the two sides are ready to go over with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.

Xi expressed Chinas willingness to deal with Pakistan to broaden cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, agriculture and individualss health and wellbeing, develop a green, healthy and digital corridor, and assistance Pakistans industrialization to enhance its sustainable advancement ability.
Xi stated that China wants to strengthen coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms consisting of the United Nations, to protect world and regional peace and stability.
On Saturday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his conference with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas priority in area diplomacy and motivates its service enterprises to invest.
Pakistan wants to take active actions to promote the construction of the second phase of CPEC, and reinforce cooperation with China in the fields of market, details and agriculture technology, stated Khan.
This is Khans fourth check out to China as he paid last visit in October 2019.

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