China on Sunday promised better cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme and called for dealing with the Kashmir concern appropriately and in harmony while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could make complex the situation as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese management, including President Xi Jinping.
Khan contacted President Xi on the last day of his four-day visit to China to discuss a host of problems consisting of the sluggish rate of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing issues of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese workers operating in its numerous jobs in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi stated China strongly supports Pakistan in protecting nationwide self-reliance, sovereignty, self-respect and battling terrorism, state-run Xinhua news firm reported.
He stated China wants to sign up with hands with Pakistan to press forward the extensive development of the CPEC and make sure the application of key jobs.
“Both sides reiterated that a peaceful and prosperous South Asia is in the typical interest of all celebrations,” stated a joint statement issued at the end of Khans check out to China to go to the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They emphasised the significance of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all exceptional disagreements to promote local cooperation and advance the objectives of long lasting peace, stability and shared success in the region,” it stated.
“The Pakistan side informed the Chinese side on the most recent advancements on the scenario in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its concerns, position and pressing issues at the minute. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir concern was a conflict left from history, and must be correctly and in harmony dealt with based upon the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral arrangements. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the circumstance,” it stated.
In the past, India highly turned down recommendations made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint statement by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union territory in addition to Ladakh have been and will remain its essential and inalienable 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, stating it remains in Indian area that has been unlawfully inhabited by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India categorically turns down any referral to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh has actually been and will stay a important and inalienable part of India,” Bagchi had actually stated.
The representative had actually stated that India has regularly conveyed to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC remains in Indias territory.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other nations to alter the status quo in areas illegally occupied by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan bringing up any material modification in Indian territories under its unlawful occupation. We call upon parties worried to stop such actions,” he stated.
The China-Pakistan joint declaration also stated that China identified Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the fight against terrorism adding that both sides reaffirmed their dedication to combating terrorism in all its kinds and symptoms.
It stated, “both sides concurred to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at numerous levels between the militaries of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans biggest supplier of weapons consisting of fight tanks, fighter airplane and most current naval frigates.”They underscored that stronger defence and security cooperation between Pakistan and China was an essential aspect of peace and stability in the region,” it said.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi while requiring “firmer self-confidence” between China and Pakistan relations stated that “tactical significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more popular” as 2 countries signed a number of arrangements to tighten all-weather ties.
The joint declaration stated “both sides revealed their strong determination to secure CPEC from all risks and unfavorable propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to making full-blown efforts for the security of all Chinese workers, jobs and organizations in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its gratitude for the procedures taken by Pakistan.
China has actually repeatedly gotten in touch with Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its workers operating in the CPEC in view of a number of 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.
Corresponding with his check out, the two sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of economic and technical, industry, financial investment, facilities, area, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, catastrophe management, culture, sports and employment education, the joint statement stated.
Popular of these arrangements whose details 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 up until now invested about USD 25 billion, according to its envoy to Islamabad, Nong Rong.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi called on the two sides to “create much better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news firm reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint declaration stated “the two sides are all set to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.
Xi expressed Chinas willingness to work with Pakistan to broaden cooperation in the fields such as science and technology, agriculture and peoples wellness, build a green, healthy and digital passage, and assistance Pakistans industrialization to boost its sustainable advancement capability.
Xi stated that China wants to reinforce coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms including the United Nations, to safeguard world and regional 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 is willing to take active actions to promote the building of the second stage of CPEC, and enhance cooperation with China in the fields of farming, info and industry innovation, stated Khan.
This is Khans fourth see to China as he paid last visit in October 2019.