Xi Jinping snubs Nawaz Sharif by skipping bilateral meet after murder of Chinese nationals

On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained that the murders were no way connected to the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which was opposed by the Baloch nationalists.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: June 10, 2017 9:05 pm
xi jinping, nawaz sharif, world news, indian express news Xi’s unprecedented snub followed deep disappointment and grief over the slaying of two Chinese citizens at Quetta in Balochistan. (Source: AP photo)

In a rare snub to all-weather ally Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped a customary meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO summit in Astana after the murder of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan. Sharif returned from Astana after attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on the sidelines of which he met Presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Russia. Conspicuously absent was a meeting with Xi. Chinese state-run media highlighted Xi’s meetings with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Xi’s unprecedented snub followed deep disappointment and grief among Chinese public over the slaying of the two Chinese citizens who were kidnapped last month from Quetta in Balochistan.

The two were brutally murdered reportedly by Islamic State (IS) militants. The news of their murders was made public ahead of the SCO summit held on June 8-9 in which India and Pakistan were admitted as members.

On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained that the murders were no way connected to the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which was opposed by the Baloch nationalists.

The CPEC is part of China’s ambitious multi-billion Belt and Road intuitive (BRI).

“This incident will not have any necessary connection with the BRI,” nor with the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, meeting being held in Astana, Hua had said.

China has deployed hundreds of Chinese workers to work for the CPEC which connects Gwadar port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Hua said Pakistan pays great attention to the protection of Chinese citizens in the institutions there and made great efforts for their security.

“As per BRI we should be prepared for risks if want to go global. Since the three years after the BRI,” she had said.

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    George
    Jun 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm
    The Chinese bird brain should understand that s are fundamentalists and religion is above everything else. India is peace loving and never wants others territory like the Chinese. If they want a loyal friend which would benefit India and China, they should understand the Stupid s before it is too late for them
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      Murthy
      Jun 10, 2017 at 9:10 pm
      China is the newest of imperial powers, just starting to venture into other countries. Give it another TWENTY years, Chinese troops will be dying in their hundreds every month fighting insurgents in Baluchistan, Afghanistan and in Xinjiang. When China's loans to Stan and other countries cannot be repaid, watch them grab land from these countries. BUT, luck favours Empires and their builders only for a while. Luck and their strength will run out. That is the case with all the g Empires in World History, check it out.
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        Prateik
        Jun 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm
        At least China is courageous enough venturing into big countries. They are not afraid of its country being surrounded by western allies like South Korea, Taiwan, an. They don't sabotage their neighbors from developing. You filthy Chanakyan inspired brahmin scoundrels not even venture into but just PLAY WITH A S S O L E S OF SMALL COUNTRIES LIKE MALDIVES, BANGLADESH, EELAM, NEPAL so that they don't shame you filths by developing more than you pigs-a typical brahmin at ude. Go and skrew yourselves a s s o l e!
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          Chandu Shah
          Jun 10, 2017 at 10:14 pm
          You are very intelligent and have very good vocabulary. You stupid mullah
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            Uday Patial
            Jun 11, 2017 at 7:21 am
            You don't have to be disrespectful to that guy otherwise you'll get flagged. And if you abuse again then, believe me you'll get f d up real bad. So mind your language from now on.
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          KP Pillai
          Jun 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm
          SO, NOW CHINA UNDERSTANDS, WHAT IS THE VALUE AND PAIN IF OWN BLOOD IS SPILLED AND NOWHERE IT HAPPENED OTHER THAN THE HUB OF TERRORISM, STAN. IT IS A GOD'S GIFT TO THEM FOR THE BLIND SUPPORT ON PAK IGNORING AND CLOSING THEIR EYES ON HEINOUS AND BARBARIC KIL S THEY FRIEND IS DOING ON INDIA. IT IS TIME FOR THEM TO TAKE STRONG ACTION ON TERRORISTS SHIELDED BY STAN.
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