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


China on Sunday promised more detailed cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC financial investment program and required fixing the Kashmir concern properly and quietly while opposing any “unilateral actions” that might make complex the circumstance 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 see to China to discuss a host of problems consisting of the slow rate of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing concerns of Beijing over repeating attacks on Chinese workers working in its different jobs in Pakistan.
In his conference with Khan, Xi said China strongly supports Pakistan in safeguarding nationwide independence, sovereignty, self-respect and combating terrorism, state-run Xinhua news company reported.
He said China wants to join hands with Pakistan to press forward the thorough development of the CPEC and make sure the execution of key tasks.
“Both sides restated that a peaceful and thriving South Asia is in the typical interest of all parties,” said a joint statement released at the end of Khans see to China to attend the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They stressed the significance of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all exceptional disputes to promote local cooperation and advance the goals of lasting peace, stability and shared success in the area,” it said.
“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the current advancements 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 conflict left from history, and should be effectively and peacefully dealt with based upon the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral arrangements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation,” it stated.
In the past, India strongly declined references 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 integral part.
In July 2021, External Affairs Ministry representative Arindam Bagchi had objected to reference made to the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a declaration by the 2 countries, saying it remains in Indian area that has been unlawfully occupied by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India unconditionally turns down 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 a essential and inalienable 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 efforts by other nations to change the status quo in locations unlawfully inhabited by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan raising any product change in Indian territories under its unlawful profession. We call upon celebrations concerned to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint declaration also stated that China recognised Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the battle against terrorism including that both sides reaffirmed their dedication to fighting terrorism in all its kinds and manifestations.
It stated, “both sides accepted continue the momentum in defence cooperation at different levels in between the armed forces of Pakistan and China”.
China has actually emerged as 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 factor of peace and stability in the region,” it said.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi while requiring “firmer confidence” between China and Pakistan relations said that “tactical significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more popular” as 2 countries signed numerous arrangements to tighten all-weather ties.
The joint declaration said “both sides expressed their strong determination to protect CPEC from all risks and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to making full-blown efforts for the security of all Chinese personnel, tasks and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side expressed its appreciation for the procedures taken by Pakistan.
China has actually consistently called on Pakistan to step up security for countless its personnel operating in the CPEC in view of numerous 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 versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Coinciding with his go to, the 2 sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of technical and economic, market, investment, infrastructure, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and trade education, the joint statement stated.
Popular of these contracts whose details are not revealed was the brand-new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to begin 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 two sides to “create much better future for bilateral relations with firmer confidence”, state-run Xinhua news firm reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration said “the 2 sides are ready to go over with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.

Xi expressed Chinas desire to work with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, agriculture and peoples wellness, build a green, healthy and digital passage, and support Pakistans industrialization to enhance its sustainable development ability.
Xi said that China wants 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 conference with Khan stated Pakistan is Chinas priority in neighbourhood diplomacy and encourages its business enterprises to invest.
Pakistan is prepared to take active actions to promote the construction of the 2nd phase of CPEC, and reinforce cooperation with China in the fields of information, agriculture and industry technology, stated Khan.
This is Khans fourth visit to China as he paid last see in October 2019.


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