China on Sunday promised better cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC financial investment program and required resolving the Kashmir concern appropriately and peacefully while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could make complex the situation as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese management, consisting of 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 including the sluggish rate of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing issues of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese workers operating in its different tasks in Pakistan.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi stated China firmly supports Pakistan in protecting nationwide self-reliance, sovereignty, dignity and combating terrorism, state-run Xinhua news company reported.
He stated China is willing to join hands with Pakistan to push forward the thorough development of the CPEC and make sure the application of key projects.
“Both sides repeated that a flourishing and tranquil South Asia is in the common interest of all parties,” said a joint declaration provided at the end of Khans visit to China to go to the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They stressed the value of pursuit of discussion and resolution of all impressive disagreements to promote local cooperation and advance the goals of lasting peace, stability and shared prosperity in the region,” it stated.
“The Pakistan side informed the Chinese side on the newest advancements on the situation in Jammu & & Kashmir, including its issues, position and pressing problems at the moment. The Chinese side restated that the Kashmir problem was a dispute left from history, and must be appropriately and peacefully fixed based on the UN Charter, appropriate Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the circumstance,” it said.
In the past, India highly declined referrals made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint declaration by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union area as well as Ladakh have actually been and will remain its inalienable and integral 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 statement by the 2 nations, saying it is in Indian territory that has been unlawfully occupied by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India unconditionally rejects any referral to Jammu and Kashmir. The union area of Jammu and Kashmir and the union area of Ladakh has been and will remain a integral and inalienable part of India,” Bagchi had actually said.
The representative had 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 locations illegally occupied by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan bringing up any product modification in Indian territories under its unlawful occupation. We call upon parties worried to cease such actions,” he said.
The China-Pakistan joint statement likewise stated that China identified Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the fight versus terrorism adding that both sides reaffirmed their dedication to battling terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
It said, “both sides accepted continue the momentum in defence cooperation at numerous 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 airplane and most current naval frigates.”They highlighted that stronger defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an important element of peace and stability in the area,” it said.
In his conference with Khan, Xi while requiring “firmer confidence” between China and Pakistan relations stated that “tactical significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more popular” as two countries signed numerous contracts to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint statement said “both sides expressed their strong decision to protect CPEC from all hazards and unfavorable propaganda”.
Pakistan declared its dedication to making all-out efforts for the security of all Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side expressed its gratitude for the measures taken by Pakistan.
China has repeatedly contacted Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its workers operating in the CPEC in view of several 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 violations against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Corresponding with his go to, the two sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in locations of financial and technical, market, investment, facilities, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, disaster management, culture, sports and trade education, the joint declaration stated.
Prominent of these agreements whose details are not exposed was the brand-new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to start the building 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 conference with Khan, Xi gotten in touch with the two sides to “produce better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news firm reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint statement said “the 2 sides are ready to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.
Xi revealed Chinas willingness to deal with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, farming and individualss wellness, build a green, healthy and digital corridor, and assistance Pakistans industrialization to improve its sustainable advancement ability.
Xi stated that China is ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms including the United Nations, to protect 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 encourages its organization enterprises to invest.
Pakistan wants to take active steps to promote the building and construction of the 2nd stage of CPEC, and strengthen cooperation with China in the fields of market, farming and info technology, stated Khan.
This is Khans fourth check out to China as he paid last visit in October 2019.