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Pak feels secure about ties with China: Envoy

Pakistan feels secure about its relationship with "all-weather" ally China which is developing its ties with India, Islamabad's top envoy in Beijing has said.

world Updated: Aug 20, 2011 13:00 IST

Pakistan feels secure about its relationship with "all-weather" ally China which is developing its ties with India, Islamabad's top envoy in Beijing has said.

"We feel secure about our relationship with China and fully subscribe to China's views to work for international harmony. China's relations with India are developing, especially in the economic areas, even as they try to bridge their differences," Pakistan's Ambassador Masood Khan told a seminar here on Friday.

"We have worked hard to persuade India to start a dialogue process on all outstanding issues and implement confidence-building measures. Last month, we made a fresh beginning in New Delhi (when Foreign Ministers of the two countries held talks)," he said, according to Pakistan's state-run APP news agency.

China has also encouraged rapprochement and dialogue in South Asia, Khan said, adding "we gratefully recall that after the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008."

About Pakistan's ties with the US, he said it is a long-standing relationship which has seen ups and downs.

"In times of turbulence, we have talked to each other directly and resolved our differences. We are grateful to China that from time to time it has urged the US to understand Pakistan's strategic perspective and to fully acknowledge its contribution in the war against terrorism," he said.

"Pakistan is already very close to China and Sino-Pakistan relations have a unique trajectory. Pakistan-China relations cannot be compared to any other relationship. They are not at the mercy of variations in other relationships. Besides, the world today is more complex, pluralistic and inter-dependent," Khan said.