China paper says US fans terror by Pakistan attack

Published: November 29, 2011

Main newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party keeps up Beijing's angry words in support of its partner Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

BEIJING: China’s top state newspaper on Tuesday accused the United States of flouting international law and fanning terrorism after a NATO attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and it warned that the Islamabad’s grip on security could be dangerously weakened.        

The condemnation in the People’s Daily, the main newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, kept up Beijing’s angry words in support of its partner, Pakistan, whose prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, has said that “business as usual” with the United States was over after the attack on Saturday.

NATO called the killings a “tragic, unintended incident”, and US officials said NATO and American investigations will determine what happened in the attack in northwest Pakistan.

But the People’s Daily said the attack already laid bare deeper problems in the US approach to militant threats.

“Above all, we must be clear that the United States and NATO have trampled on international laws and rules,” said a commentary in the newspaper.

“The risk in fighting terror this way is that it will ignite latent sympathy and support for terrorism, as well as hurting many innocent people and damaging international law,” said a commentary in the Chinese-language newspaper.

“The soil nurturing terrorism will become even more fertile, and the space for terrorism to spread even broader,” it said.

The commentary came after the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei voiced “shock” over the assault, and the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi offered Beijing’s “firm support” to his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar.

But there are no signs as yet that China is prepared to go beyond rhetorical support to take on a bigger role as a security partner of troubled Pakistan.

The close ties between China and Pakistan reflect long-standing shared wariness of their common neighbour, India, and a desire to hedge against US influence across the region.

But the mutual vows of the Sino-Pakistani “all-weather friendship” only go so far, analysts have said. Beijing does not want to risk entanglement in volatile Pakistani politics, risking its own interests and alienating India, an increasingly important trade partner and regional power.

The People’s Daily commentary said the killings of the soldiers could inflict lasting damage.

“Islamabad’s grip on domestic security will also be weakened,” it said. “This will not only work against the war on terror, it could also leave the risk of long-term turmoil.”

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:19AM

    What is fanning terror in Xinjiang province?

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  • chinalover
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:19AM

    oh china, do something

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:21AM

    where are the indian trolls who were saying where is our all weather friend China
    gone back into hidin eh?

    Long Live China! Pak-China friendship wang soye

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  • Walter White is breaking bad,seriously!
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:52AM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    Russai, This Evil has yet to be subdued. Says the only World power!

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  • Wen Jiabao
    Nov 29, 2011 - 5:49PM

    @Hu Jintao:
    what? this is lower than minimum expected from china, as per your so called title. lol

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  • jane
    Nov 29, 2011 - 6:50PM

    @Hu Jintao: – er excuse me but what have they actually DONE for you ( in this particular matter other than words ) ?

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Nov 29, 2011 - 8:46PM

    No doubt the Sino-Pakistani “all-weather friendship” is more “weatherproof” than the alliance of convenienace between the U.S. and Pakistan. China must be the only non-Muslim country that is a friend of Pakistan, or is it also just an alliance of convenience but a happier one, as they share mutual interests – India and the U.S.?

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  • You Said It
    Nov 30, 2011 - 12:32AM

    @Hu Jintao:
    where are the indian trolls who were saying where is our all weather friend China
    gone back into hidin eh?

    If it writes a newspaper article supporting Pakistan, can India become your all-weather friends too? Since the price is so cheap, I think India can afford it. Do let us know when China decides to launch its spanking new Ukrainian aircraft carrier against the US to avenge the attack.
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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 1, 2011 - 11:35AM

    @Walter White is breaking bad,seriously!:
    Is “Russai” a missing character from the Lord of the rings?

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