China backs Pakistan after Donald Trump’s warning on terror safe havens

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while reacting to Trump's comments on Pakistan, said, "Hope the relevant policy decision by US side will be conducive to promoting security, stability of the relevant region."

By: PTI | Bejing | Published: August 22, 2017 3:23 pm
US President Donald Trump, US Pakistan relations, Pakistan and China news, US Afghanistan policy, US afghan policy, US and Afghanistan news, War in Afghanistan, Taliban and Afghanistan, US soldiers in Afghanistan, US and Afghanistan news, Latest news, World news, Latest news Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while dismissing to Trump’s scathing criticism of Pakistan’s support to terror groups, said, “I think the international community should truly affirm” Pakistan’s efforts in combating terrorism.

China on Tuesday jumped to the defence of its all-weather ally Pakistan in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s stern warning to it over providing safe havens to terrorists, saying that Islamabad is at the frontline of combating terrorism. Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to announce his Afghanistan and South Asia policy, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to “agents of chaos” that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has “much to lose” by harbouring terrorists.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while reacting to Trump’s comments on Pakistan, said, “Hope the relevant policy decision by US side will be conducive to promoting security, stability of the relevant region.”

“(On) President Trump’s remarks on Pakistan, I should say that Pakistan is at the frontline of fighting terrorism, has made sacrifices in fighting terrorism, making an important contribution to upholding peace and stability,” Hua said, strongly defending Beijing’s all-weather friend.

Trump, in his address, said a pillar of his new strategy was a change in America’s approach to Pakistan.

He slammed Pakistan for its support to terror groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so.

“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” Trump said.

“Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists,” he said, in a warning to Pakistan.

Hua, in response to Trump’s scathing criticism of Pakistan’s support to terror groups, said, “I think the international community should truly affirm” the efforts by Pakistan in combating terrorism.

“We are pleased to see US and Pakistan to conduct cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts on the basis of mutual respect and contribute to the global peace and stability,” she said.

In his speech, Trump slammed Islamabad for harbouring militants who target US service members.

“But that will have to change. That will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country’s harbouring of militants and terrorists who target US service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace,” Trump said

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    jivan
    Aug 23, 2017 at 10:21 pm
    China is backing the wrong horse. History tells us, Pakistan is ever unfaithful to its patrons too. For instance, Pakistan has been duping the US since its independence when the US was pumping doles and arms into Pakistan. China too will realise its folly , albeit late in the day.
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      Kamal Pasha
      Aug 22, 2017 at 8:16 pm
      US has realised now that China is going to be very big power. China has more friends in the world than US. US demands friendship with conditions wheteas China help Asian and Africans without any conditions. About India, they will be left out once the CPEC and OBOR projects are fully operated. More than 70 countries. will progress from these projects. Poor policies and arrogance of Modi has harmed India very much. Keep it up Feku and give big Bhashsans to poor Indians and make them fool.
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      1. Chetan
        Oct 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm
        what is a pakistani (chinese pet dog) doing on the indian express ? pakistan is china's pet dog. china feeds and takes care of it's favourite dog (which earlier was incidentally USA's pet dog).
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        Damodar
        Aug 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm
        It is good to hear that the U.S. has finally seen the true of Pakistan: a rogue nation that supports terrorism all over the globe. Not to mention sheltering terrorists like Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad and Haqquani network. Too bad that the military, through its ISI outfit, highjacked Pakistan's democracy. It is a golden opportunity for India to play a constructive role in building Afghanistan with U.S. partnership. This will not only keep Pakistan's subvert activities in check, but will also send a clear message to communist China to not threaten India, as it has done to Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
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          Kamal Pasha
          Aug 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm
          Damodar : Don't be like other illiterate Indians. Did US favoured India on DOKLAM mess?. China spoke for Pakistan on Afghan matter. Remember one thing. Us will always need Pakistan in this region. She is giving lolypops to Modi every now and then and he is happy.
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          1. Chetan
            Oct 18, 2017 at 8:27 pm
            china feeds its pet pakistani dog so that the dog can bite the indian elephant every now and then. USA did it so that the dog could bite the Russian USSR giant. india usa russia relations based on trade. not like begging relation policy of pakistan. pakistan needs lollipops, not india with 4th largest GDP.
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          China son Pak son Terrrorr.
          Aug 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm
          CHINA HAS ITS SUPPORT TO TERRRORR. CHINA HAS DISMISSED TRUMP. CHINA CONTROLS PAK. PAK IS SLAVE. SO CHINA CONTROLS TERRRORR.
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            Zhao
            Aug 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm
            I did not see any word like "China backs Pakistan after Donald Trump’s warning on terror safe havens" in the context, how can the Indian media find it??? surprised...
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