China has said that it will continue to provide “selfless” help to Pakistan’s for its economic and social development and reinforce its strategic ties and all-weather friendship with Islamabad.
“No matter how the international and regional situation may evolve, China and Pakistan should remain true to these principles and be firmly committed to maintaining and carrying forward our strategic partnership of cooperation. This is conducive not only to the fundamental interests of our two peoples, but also to regional and global peace, stability and development,” Yang Jiechi, the Chinese foreign minister, was quoted by his ministry as having said during his visit to Pakistan earlier this week.
Beijing’s reassurance of aid and assistance to Islamabad comes weeks after Chinese authorities here indicated that militants trained in Pakistan were active in the remote area of Xinjiang in the north of China.
Significantly, Yang’s visit to Pakistan took place at a time when Islamabad’s relation with Washington is getting increasingly fragile over drone attacks killing civilians and there is no agreement on sight over reopening Nato’s supply routes. The US has also threatened to cut aid to Pakistan over the arrest of a doctor who helped the US authorities for tracking Osama Bin Laden.
According to the ministry, Yang told Pakistani think-tanks, “Today, the China-Pakistan strategic partnership of cooperation, marked by all-weather friendship and all-round cooperation, has become an example for harmonious coexistence and friendly cooperation between countries with different social systems.”
China, the Chinese foreign minister said, will continue to provide “sincere and selfless help to Pakistan for its economic and social development. We will enhance cooperation with Pakistan in energy, infrastructure and agriculture on a priority basis, intensify exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in finance, science, technology and aerospace, and help Pakistan raise its capacity for self-development.”
On the issue of security, Yang’s words would further boost Pakistan’s confidence following US’s pressure on it to do more. China, he said, maintains that Pakistan has made important contribution to the international campaign against terrorism and made tremendous sacrifice in this regard.
“The fight against terrorism requires the common efforts and sincere cooperation of the entire international community. In fighting terrorism, both its symptoms and root causes should be addressed in order to eliminate the breeding ground for terrorism,” he said.