China on Sunday promised closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment program and called for resolving the Kashmir concern appropriately and peacefully while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could complicate the scenario as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the leading Chinese leadership, consisting of President Xi Jinping.
Khan contacted President Xi on the last day of his four-day visit to China to talk about a host of issues consisting of the sluggish rate of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing issues of Beijing over repeating attacks on Chinese workers operating in its various projects in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi stated China securely supports Pakistan in securing nationwide self-reliance, sovereignty, self-respect and battling terrorism, state-run Xinhua news firm reported.
He said China wants to sign up with hands with Pakistan to push forward the thorough advancement of the CPEC and guarantee the execution of key projects.
“Both sides restated that a tranquil and thriving South Asia remains in the common interest of all celebrations,” stated a joint declaration released at the end of Khans see to China to attend the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They emphasised the significance of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all exceptional conflicts to promote regional cooperation and advance the objectives of lasting peace, stability and shared success in the region,” it said.
“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the most recent advancements on the circumstance in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its issues, position and pressing concerns at the moment. The Chinese side repeated that the Kashmir problem was a conflict left from history, and need to be correctly and in harmony fixed based upon the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral arrangements. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the situation,” it stated.
In the past, India highly rejected referrals made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint statement by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union territory along with Ladakh have been and will stay its essential 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 2 nations, stating it is in Indian area that has actually been unlawfully occupied by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India categorically rejects any referral to Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory 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 regularly communicated to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is in Indias area.
“We resolutely oppose any efforts by other countries to alter the status quo in areas unlawfully inhabited by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan bringing up any material change in Indian territories under its unlawful occupation. We call upon celebrations worried to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint declaration likewise stated that China acknowledged Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the fight versus terrorism including that both sides reaffirmed their commitment to eliminating terrorism in all its forms and symptoms.
It stated, “both sides accepted continue the momentum in defence cooperation at various levels between the armed forces of Pakistan and China”.
China has emerged as Pakistans biggest supplier of weapons consisting of fight tanks, fighter aircraft and newest naval frigates.”They underscored that stronger defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an important aspect 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 popular” as two nations signed numerous contracts to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint statement stated “both sides revealed their strong decision to secure CPEC from all dangers and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to making full-scale efforts for the security of all Chinese personnel, tasks and organizations in Pakistan and the Chinese side revealed its gratitude for the steps taken by Pakistan.
China has actually consistently called on Pakistan to step up security for countless its workers working in the CPEC in view of several attacks on them.
Khan praised the Chinese management for hosting the Winter Olympics which was diplomatically boycotted by the United States and its allies over human rights violations against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Coinciding with his see, the two sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in locations of economic and technical, market, financial investment, facilities, area, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, catastrophe management, culture, sports and professional education, the joint declaration stated.
Popular of these contracts whose details are not exposed was the brand-new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to start the building of the 2nd phase 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 meeting with Khan, Xi contacted the two sides to “develop much better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news firm reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint statement stated “the 2 sides are prepared to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.
Xi expressed Chinas willingness to work with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, agriculture and peoples health and wellbeing, construct a green, healthy and digital passage, and support Pakistans industrialization to boost its sustainable development capability.
Xi stated 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 meeting with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas top priority in neighbourhood diplomacy and encourages its company enterprises to invest.
Pakistan wants to take active steps to promote the building of the second stage of CPEC, and reinforce cooperation with China in the fields of details, agriculture and market innovation, stated Khan.
This is Khans 4th visit to China as he paid last go to in October 2019.