Terming Pakistan an important country in South Asia and the region, China on Thursday asked the international community to acknowledge and support the counter-terrorism efforts made by Pakistan on the basis of respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“Pakistan is on the forefront of the global fight against terrorism. It has been firmly opposing terrorism and has made important sacrifices and contributions to the fight against terrorism and maintaining regional security and stability,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Gen Shuang said during his weekly press briefing in Beijing.
When his attention was drawn about a media report regarding the US Administration considerations of beginning a policy review of relations towards Pakistan – mainly because of current security situation in Afghanistan, he said, “We have noted the relevant reports.”
“Pakistan is an important country in South Asia. Peace, stability and economic development in Pakistan serves the interest of regional countries and people,” he added.
Responding to a question about the Chinese foreign minister’s proposed visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan for mediation as requested by the Afghan president Ghani during recent SCO Summit, he said, both Pakistan and Afghanistan are China’s neighbors and Beijing has friendly relations with the two countries as well as close high-level exchanges. “If we have any information regarding the visit, we will release it in due course of time,” he added.
The spokesperson remarked that China sincerely hopes that Pakistan and Afghanistan can enhance their communication so as to deepen mutual trust and improve relations.
“They should also work together to improve and ensure regional peace and stability and China would like to play a constructive role towards that end,” he added.
While brushing aside a question that China has offered Pakistan to build a dam in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and integrate it with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said CPEC is a new cooperation framework for the two countries to achieve a long-term development.
He said the economic corridor will not only promote common and bilateral development of the two countries but also contribute to the development and prosperity of the region. China has said to have offered Afghanistan and India to join the CPEC framework if Pakistan so agreed, according to reports.
“We know that there are some concerns about this corridor but we keep stressing that this economic corridor is just an economic initiative for cooperation and it targets no third country and does not connect with any sovereign disputes,” he added.
Geng Shuang hoped that the disputes between India and Pakistan, specially Kashmir, will be resolved properly through consultations and negotiations.
Regarding a question about update on two Chinese nationals kidnapped and reportedly killed in Pakistan, he said the Chinese government attaches high importance to this case, adding that they were still coordinating with the Pakistani side to verify the situation.