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China comes to the aid of ally Pakistan

China on Tuesday came out in a strong show of support for Pakistan and told the world not to doubt its ally even though Laden had secured a sprawling haven near Islamabad.

world Updated: May 04, 2011 00:26 IST
HT Correspondent

China on Tuesday came out in a strong show of support for Pakistan and told the world not to doubt its ally even though Laden had secured a sprawling haven near Islamabad.

While Islamabad was grappling with criticism of its role in fighting terror, the Chinese foreign ministry declared that Pakistan has made ‘important contributions’ with ‘firm resolve and strong action’ in the war on terror.

The spokesperson Jiang Yu gave no assurance when asked whether China would urge Pakistan to take action against the masterminds of the Mumbai terror attacks. Jiang replied that China upholds the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations.

“China will continuously support Pakistan to develop and implement anti-terror strategies based on its own domestic situation,” she said.

Jiang said China has always been opposed to terrorism of all forms and has been actively participating in the global anti-terrorism efforts. Calling itself a victim of terrorism like the US, China said it will work with South Asian nations, ‘including Pakistan and India’ to safeguard regional peace.

“We noticed that the Pakistan foreign ministry has pledged not to allow its territory to be used for terrorist attacks against any country and it will continue to support world anti-terror efforts,” said Jiang. We respect, understand and support Pakistan's position.”

The Chinese foreign ministry, which reacted a day after the world’s most-wanted fugitive had been killed, called the death of Osama a ‘milestone’ in a statement belatedly issued Monday evening.

Poker face Obama hid world’s best-kept secret

US President Barack Obama successfully managed to put up a “poker face” for nearly 72 hours before he announced Osama bin Laden’s death to the world, balancing “public events with a series of private military briefings. But nothing leaked.”

Friday
After signing off on the final plan to send intelligence operatives to kill bin Laden, Obama flew to Alabama where he toured tornado-affected areas

Friday night
Obama gave a commencement speech at Miami Dade College and met with the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour

Saturday night
He hosted the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, attended by Hollywood celebrities, top journalists and politicians. Comedian Seth Meyers had even quipped that Osama bin Laden was hiding in plain sight by hosting an obscure C-SPAN show that no one ever watched. “One person at the dinner who clearly enjoyed the joke was President Obama,” LA Times said.

Sunday morning
Obama left for Andrews Air Force Base for a round of golf.

Afternoon
The President was back at the White House for a meeting to discuss the “final preparations” of the operation.
Through the day, he continued to get continuous private mission briefings.