China on Sunday vowed closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme and called for fixing the Kashmir concern properly and in harmony while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could make complex the scenario as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping.
Khan gotten in touch with President Xi on the last day of his four-day visit to China to discuss a host of issues 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 firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty, dignity and combating terrorism, state-run Xinhua news firm reported.
He said China wants to join hands with Pakistan to push forward the in-depth advancement of the CPEC and ensure the application of crucial jobs.
“Both sides reiterated that a prosperous and serene South Asia remains in the typical interest of all parties,” said a joint statement released at the end of Khans visit to China to attend the opening event of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“They stressed the importance of pursuit of discussion and resolution of all impressive conflicts to promote local cooperation and advance the objectives of 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 issues, position and pressing concerns at the moment. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir concern was a disagreement left from history, and ought to be properly and in harmony resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral arrangements. China opposes any unilateral actions that make complex the scenario,” it stated.
In the past, India highly declined recommendations made to Jammu and Kashmir in a previous joint statement by Pakistan and China and asserted that the union territory as well as 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 statement by the two nations, stating it remains in Indian territory that has actually been illegally inhabited by Pakistan.
“As in the past, India categorically declines any recommendation to Jammu and Kashmir. The union area of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh has been and will remain a important and inalienable part of India,” Bagchi had said.
The spokesperson had actually stated that India has actually regularly communicated to both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is in Indias territory.
“We resolutely oppose any attempts by other nations to change the status quo in locations unlawfully occupied by Pakistan as likewise to Pakistan bringing up any material modification in Indian territories under its unlawful occupation. We call upon celebrations concerned to stop such actions,” he stated.
The China-Pakistan joint declaration also stated that China recognised Pakistans sacrifices and efforts in the battle versus terrorism adding that both sides reaffirmed their dedication to fighting terrorism in all its forms and symptoms.
It said, “both sides consented to continue the momentum in defence cooperation at numerous levels in between the armed forces of Pakistan and China”.
China has become Pakistans most significant supplier of weapons including battle tanks, fighter airplane and most current marine frigates.”They highlighted that stronger defence and security cooperation in between Pakistan and China was an important element of peace and stability in the region,” it stated.
In his meeting with Khan, Xi while calling for “firmer confidence” between China and Pakistan relations said that “tactical significance” of all-weather ties are “getting more prominent” as two nations signed numerous agreements to firm up all-weather ties.
The joint declaration said “both sides revealed their strong decision to protect CPEC from all hazards and negative propaganda”.
Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to making full-scale efforts for the security of all Chinese workers, jobs and institutions in Pakistan and the Chinese side expressed its appreciation for the procedures taken by Pakistan.
China has repeatedly gotten in touch with Pakistan to step up security for thousands of its personnel operating in the CPEC in view of a number of 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 offenses versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Corresponding with his visit, the 2 sides signed a host of MoUs, covering bilateral cooperation in locations of technical and economic, industry, financial investment, infrastructure, space, vaccine, digitalisation, standardisation, catastrophe management, culture, sports and trade education, the joint declaration stated.
Prominent of these arrangements whose information are not revealed was the new Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation to begin the construction of the 2nd phase 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 conference with Khan, Xi called on the 2 sides to “produce much better future for bilateral relations with firmer self-confidence”, state-run Xinhua news company reported. He did not elaborate.
The joint statement stated “the 2 sides are all set to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan”.
Xi revealed Chinas determination to deal with Pakistan to expand cooperation in the fields such as science and innovation, agriculture and individualss wellbeing, build a green, healthy and digital corridor, and assistance Pakistans industrialization to improve its sustainable development capability.
Xi stated that China wants to reinforce coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on multilateral platforms including the United Nations, to secure world and regional peace and stability.
On Saturday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his meeting with Khan said Pakistan is Chinas priority in area diplomacy and motivates its company enterprises to invest.
Pakistan is willing to take active actions to promote the building and construction of the 2nd stage of CPEC, and reinforce cooperation with China in the fields of industry, info and agriculture innovation, said Khan.
This is Khans 4th check out to China as he paid last visit in October 2019.