After Donald Trump’s outburst, China rushes to Pakistan’s rescue

China's move to defend Islamabad is an important move as Beijing is currently investing heavily in Pakistan as part of the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) over which India has raised objections as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 2, 2018 3:58 pm
China’s today praised Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts, with its foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang saying the international community should acknowledge its measures. (Reuters)

Acknowledging Pakistan’s ‘outstanding contribution’ to counter-terrorism efforts, China appeared to defend Islamabad a day after US President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists. Trump had accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit” and of fooling US leaders while sheltering terrorists. In a tweet on Monday, Trump had said: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

China’s today praised Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts, with its foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang saying the international community should acknowledge its measures. “Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has made a very outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter-terrorism. The international community should acknowledge that,” Shuang was quoted as saying by PTI. Read Full Story: After US blocks $255 mn military aid, Pakistan PM to chair high-level meeting

The spokesperson also said he is glad to see Pakistan engaging in international cooperation, including counter-terrorism, on the basis of mutual respect so as to contribute to regional peace and stability. “China and Pakistan are all-weather partners. We stand ready to promote and deepen our all-round cooperation so as to bring benefits to the two sides,” Geng added.

China’s move to defend Islamabad is an important move as Beijing is currently investing heavily in Pakistan as part of the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) over which India has raised objections as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. During the first-ever trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan here last week, Beijing had announced plans to extend the CPEC to Afghanistan which shares close ties with India.

When asked if Donald Trump’s criticism would affect China’s efforts to bring peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the foreign ministry spokesperson said: “We believe as neighbours China, Pakistan and Afghanistan are closely linked not only geographically but also in terms of common interests. It is natural for us to enhance communication and exchanges.”

Trump’s latest remark on Pakistan is one of his strongest attack yet. The US President’s remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the US is considering withholding USD 225 million in aid to Pakistan, reflecting its dissatisfaction with Islamabad’s reluctance in the war against terrorism.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. mtv
    Jan 3, 2018 at 7:53 am
    No surprise, China will go to the rescue of PAK. After all, they are the godfather of all rogue countries in the world such as PAK and North Korea. To hurt their rivals, they will use any immoral means like they are using communist dictatorship to suppress their own people.
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    1. JosephMumbai Mumbai
      Jan 2, 2018 at 6:57 pm
      Let's see if China provides free aid to Pakistan and power leverage in world forums. Pakistan is heavily aid dependent, economy shattered. Pakistan defense is heavily dependent on US even as we speak. The US can do insurmountable damage to Pakistan and China would be helpless. The US can handle North Korea easily. In a war the US won't suffer civilizational damage.
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      1. Prasann Singh
        Jan 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm
        Has USA already signed a deal with China? To give Pakistan in China hand in return to topple NORTH KOREA regime ? Just guessing as an observer.
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        1. Maheshwar Srinivas
          Jan 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm
          That’s it Paks are sold.Divide the country into extended chinese colony and India should align itself and take over Balochistan. That’s going to be a challenge.No more ties with Pakistan, in any form.However we have to sa uard our true Afghan friends.They are our buffer zone for China.
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          1. Abdul Wajid
            Jan 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm
            Very Funny....😁😁😁 .....Muslims ruled over India for 1000 years and we shall take back our ruling....Dont worry Pakistan broken Russia into pieces and will shatter INDIA US love story
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            1. mtv
              Jan 3, 2018 at 7:57 am
              Do not air your naive wishes in public and expose your ignorance without knowing what is involved in break-up of a country like PAK.
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            2. Partha Sarathi Dey
              Jan 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm
              I just want correct one mistake made by Chinese Govt. spokeperson, it will "sponsor of Terrorism" not "Counter Terrorism."
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              1. Rajani Kant
                Jan 2, 2018 at 6:44 pm
                China sponsors not one rogue/failed state but two, that is north Korea. In a way China promotes two terror states so as to impede the growth of the US/European powers and emerge as a unipolar power to dictate/assert it's overall authority in the world real politics through its brute demographic/ growing economic power. That proves China as major terror power, that is why it openly supports terror outfits of Pakistan.
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                1. mtv
                  Jan 3, 2018 at 8:00 am
                  In fact, world community needs to punish China first as they are the godfather of all rogue nations on earth such as PAK and North Korea. After that, PAK and North Korea will come to their senses.
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