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Print Print 2023-10-21

China ready to boost Pakistan ties but urges security guarantee: Xi

BEIJING: China is willing to strengthen co-operation and promote solidarity with Pakistan but has urged it to...
Published October 21, 2023

BEIJING: China is willing to strengthen cooperation and promote solidarity with Pakistan but has urged it to guarantee the safety of Chinese organisations and personnel working there, China’s foreign ministry said, quoting President Xi Jinping.

China is a major ally and investor in Pakistan but both separatist and militants have attacked Chinese projects over recent years, killing Chinese personnel.

Xi on Thursday evening met caretaker prime minister, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, who is in Beijing this week for a forum on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Two militants killed attacking convoy of Chinese workers in Gwadar

Xi said both countries should pursue an “upgraded version” of a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, enhancing cooperation in industrial parks, agriculture and mining, new energy, as well as early implementation of major connectivity projects.

At the same time, he called for security for Chinese interests.

“We hope the Pakistani side will guarantee the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in Pakistan,” the ministry cited Xi as telling Kakar.

Kakar said on Wednesday Pakistan had completed more than 50 projects worth $25 billion under the CPEC, a flagship project under China’s BRI with more than $65 billion pledged for road, rail and other infrastructure developments.

Xi said China was open to buttressing cooperation within the UN and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation framework and safeguard the interests of developing countries.

China also welcomed more high-quality agricultural imports from Pakistan, the ministry said in a statement late on Thursday.

Separatist insurgents in Pakistan’s resource-rich Balochistan province say China has ignored warnings not to enter deals with the Pakistani government. China has also warned of the danger or militants in Pakistan.

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Tariq Oct 21, 2023 06:02pm
Same old same old...no good news for Pakistani people because Chinese leaders are very selfish! Xi is anti Pakistani!
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MollaJet Oct 21, 2023 08:49pm
Chinese are only interested in their own geo-strategic interests rather than helping their iron brothers!
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Ash Chak Oct 22, 2023 02:51am
You can’t get security through the barrel of a gun. China and Pakistan need to sit with the ‘insurgents’, understand their problems and try to solve them. Balochistan cannot become another Xinjiang.
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