Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China Wants 'Improved Ties Between Afghanistan, Pakistan'

China Wants 'Improved Ties Between Afghanistan, Pakistan'

China on Friday pledged support for Pakistan's efforts against terrorism as the Foreign Ministers of both countries discussed the regional and worldwide situation.

"Just as Pakistan has very real and legitimate security interests in Afghanistan, so does India", Alicia Wells, the state department's highest ranking official for South Asia, said at a congressional hearing.

Pakistan also "reiterated support for China's offer to host the first trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Pakistan, China and Afghanistan later this year", the FO said. It would also be in the fitness of things if an indigenous research and development programme is initiated to develop capability for manufacturing of small and medium size nuclear power plants that could serve as standalone arrangement for different geographical regions.

"Terrorism is a global problem that requires all countries to work together instead of blaming each other", said Wang. China said Islamabad has a "clear conscience" and had made "great sacrifices", according to reports.

China on Friday came out in support of Pakistan saying some countries have not given credit to Islamabad to battle terrorism.

Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) had recently voiced serious concern over violence perpetrated by various terror groups including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Meng praised Pakistan's efforts in counter-terrorism and called for strengthened anti-terrorism and security cooperation in building the ambitious economic corridor.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said these relations were founded in the principles of mutual-trust, equality, non-interference, harmonious co-existence and win-win cooperation, based on common agenda of socio-economic development.

Wang further said that China, Pakistan and Afghanistan will hold new high-level talks this year to push forward for settlement negotiations to resolve Afghan issue.

Emphasising on trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, Wang said his country wants improved relations between Islamabad and Kabul and is also ready to support both the sides.

The CPEC, a part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and India has raised objection to the project.

Analysts, however, have long expressed concerns about Pakistan's backing for militant groups, including the Taliban. She was responding to a question about Pakistan worrying about a larger for India in Afghanistan.

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