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China throws weight behind Pakistan, calls for political solution to Afghan conflict

BEIJING: China has reaffirmed its continuing and firm support to Pakistan in the war against terrorism, as the two countries agreed that the solution to the Afghan conflict has to be fundamentally political and that there is no military solution to the issue.

Addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasised that China fully backs Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and supports its neighbour in safeguarding its sovereignty.

“The relationship between China and Pakistan remain rock firm and unbreakable,” Wang Yi said, adding that China will continue to play its role in Pakistan’s progress and development.

The Chinese official said the international community should recognise Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate terrorism.

“When it comes to the issue of counterterrorism, Pakistan has done its best with a clear conscience. In comparison, some countries need to give Pakistan the full credit that it deserves.”

Stressing the need to intensity trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, Wang Yi said his country stands ready to support the improvement of relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“We reaffirmed that only the advancement of the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process is the viable way out to address the Afghan issue,” he said, adding that peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, China and the entire region.


In his address, Khawaja Asif thanked China for its unflinching support for Pakistan in the war against terrorism and its commitment to Pakistan’s progress and development.

He appreciated China’s “constructive role” in the process for a politically negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict, saying that Pakistan and China can together contribute to a political solution to the conflict.

Asif said Pakistan “strongly” adheres to one-China policy.

“We support China on its core issues of Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and South China Sea,” he said.

He said the relations between China and Pakistan are exemplary and are based on history, mutual trust, equality, harmony, non-interference and common agenda of socioeconomic development.

He said Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasaad against terrorist groups “including ETIM [East Turkestan Islamic Movement]”, which China blames for carrying out attacks in its far western region of Xinjiang, have yielded positive results.

“ETIM is not only a threat to China but also to Pakistan,” he said.

On US President Donald Trump’s new Afghan policy, Asif said there was no military solution to the conflict in Pakistan’s neighbouring country.

On China’s commitment to Pakistan’s development, Asif called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a “flagship project” and vowed action against any threat to the project.

Khawaja Asif reached Beijing on Thursday on an official visit to hold discussions on bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest in terms of regional and international strategies. Top officials of the Chinese Foreign Ministry welcomed the minister as he arrived at the airport accompanied by National Security Adviser Lt Gen (r) Nasser Janjua.

After his China visit, Asif will travel to Iran. He has also planned meetings with Russian and Turkish leaders.

Both Moscow and Beijing have criticised the US position on Pakistan and have insisted that Pakistan’s importance for peace in Afghanistan and its sacrifices in the fight against terrorism need to be recognised.

Trump had in his August 21 speech announced a new strategy for Afghanistan while denouncing Pakistan for allegedly allowing terrorists to maintain safe havens inside its territory.

He also seemed to want India to take on a bigger role in Afghanistan, stoking fears in Islamabad that India would use this opportunity for stirring trouble in the bordering areas of Pakistan.

Talking tough on Pakistan, Trump had said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations,” while warning that vital aid to Islamabad could be cut.

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” Trump had said. “That will have to change and that will change immediately.”

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  1. exterminate all of taliban said:

    Will USA allow China to poke its already snub nose into a country it has nothing to do with other than to make it it’s dependency via terror inflicted by Pakistan
    USA has spent Billions in money and humanware and won’t let any third country to cut legs

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  3. paul said:

    Who ever throws a bone to Pakistan it starts leaking their ass, in this case it is now a ‘yellow ass’!

  4. A Hindu said:

    Lol. When will americans learn. You should have learned from your korean and vietnamese losses. Anyway – keep pouring in your soldiers and theyll keep coming home in bodybags. russia tried, alexander the great tried, genghiz khan tried – history has taught us that these people and lands can not be terrorized or occupied. Yet after 14 yrs America still thinks its a superpower. NEWSFLASH your a spent force like the okd british empire. Make way for new asian dominace. China, pakistan, india. Were all uniting as one. Very soon.

  5. A Hindu said:

    Well done china. India is with you. And with pakistan too. We are neighbours/brothers and have a right to argue with each other. But NO LINGER will we allow an outsider to come and argue with us or to encourage us to argue and kill each ither. Wake up india pakistan china.

    • I will pretend to be a muslim said:

      India would have been with Pakistan, if it didn’t do what it did and are always doing
      Coming to China, we gave them religion and are real brothers with 4000 yr old history
      By the way when was Pakistan born, er ….1947
      You , and even them may call each other iron brothers but the real motive from the very get go was to access a sea port from China’s western side cause you know great cilivizations like Vedic Indus valley civ., Chinese, Greeks , Romans, are visionary unlike the current religions which are fanatic missionary

  6. A Hindu said:

    America bewarned. Wat goes up must come down. Greater nations than you have risen and fallen. No super power has survived the test of time. your time is coming.

  7. I will pretend to be a muslim said:

    Conversation s
    China: Wat gon Wong, whua Afgonistong slipped fom yo Hans
    Pakistan: humko aamrika denied aids, so hum couldn’t pay tankha to Taliban

    China: No wait, u me go along befor Amerika take it
    Pakistan: oye, pleasu duniya ko say ki hum people terrrrorist no hai
    China: you can’t do noting by yourself , let’s meeting or else we won’t mak road in Afghanistan, we go loss

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