China urges world to recognise Pak efforts

Published: May 30, 2012

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi arrives for a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: China on Tuesday urged the world to recognise Pakistan’s role in the global battle against terrorism in a message that appears to be aimed at the United States, which in recent months has been critical of Islamabad’s contributions to fighting militancy.

“This country (Pakistan) has made huge sacrifices and has made huge contributions in the struggle against terrorism. This should be recognised by the international community and Pakistan deserves whole-hearted support from the international community,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

The top Chinese diplomat is leading a high-level delegation including senior intelligence officials to Pakistan at a time when relations between Islamabad and Washington are at their lowest ebb.

Yang met President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and held formal talks with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. He is also scheduled to meet Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani today.

At a joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart, the Chinese foreign minister threw his country’s weight behind Pakistan’s efforts to safeguard its sovereignty, security, territorial integrity and dignity.

Without referring to the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and the United States, he pointed out that partnership between Pakistan and China had become ever more important due to recent international developments.

“Against the backdrop of  the evolving international situation, it is all the more important for us that Pakistan and China have a strong partnership,” he added. He said the purpose of his visit was to further enhance long-term strategic partnerships between the two countries.

Diplomatic sources revealed that although China has backed Pakistan in the face of its strained ties with the US, it has advised Islamabad to avoid a confrontational path.

This was also reflected in a statement issued by the Prime Minister House after the meeting between Prime Minister Gilani and the Chinese delegation. The statement quoted the Chinese foreign minister as saying that Beijing had encouraged both India and the US to improve ties with Pakistan and accept its legitimate demands. (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM APP)

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Jibran
    May 30, 2012 - 9:19AM

    Like Pakistanis, Chinese are not trustworthy. Both use a different set of words for different audiences.

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  • zoro
    May 30, 2012 - 9:22AM

    hmmm .. what a combination !!!

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  • S
    May 30, 2012 - 9:34AM

    We love you china :)

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  • dude
    May 30, 2012 - 9:48AM

    problem:- many countries (?) accusing that pakistan supports terrorism and much of the terror groups have some link to pakistan.
    china:- we will support you. but stay away from us

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  • mujahid
    May 30, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Is there any economical reason for this visit? I mean about chinese companies or chinese projects in pakistan.

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  • Raj - USA
    May 30, 2012 - 9:59AM

    What Pakistan needs immediately is $1 billion for its budget before June 1. China should give this to Pakistan, may be as a loan to be repaid only from the aid and coalition support fund it may receive from US. If no such funds are received from US, China should treat it as a non-repayable aid. Pakistan has made huge sacrifices for China and given it preferential treatment in Baluchistan mines. Importantly, Pakistan has given China huge tracts of strategic land in Askai Chin and Karakoram area to China, even at the cost of weakening its position against India on its claim for Kashmir. This is the time Pakistan needs China. Will China live up to it rather than just limiting to nice diplomatic statements ? China should follow its own advise first and recognize the huge sacrifices Pakistan has made for China. Pakistan has not made such sacrifices for any other country.

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  • Polpot
    May 30, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Not a single sentence attributed to Ms Khar.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    She seems to have discovered the virtue of silence after her “very very successful” chicago trip statement.

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  • May 30, 2012 - 10:19AM

    Who on the earth is talking what? How do you judge mutual relations
    based on respect for each other. Are we missing on some thing,
    common sense perhaps?

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  • Mahakaalchakra
    May 30, 2012 - 10:29AM

    Army chief meeting a foreign minister? This can happen only in Pakistan.

    After all it is a honor to meet the de-facto ruler.

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  • Aarvey,india
    May 30, 2012 - 10:47AM

    If Pakistan has made genuine sacrifices, the world surely would sit up and take notice. Perhaps a good start would be action against the Haqquani group and against Hafeez Saeed’s LeT/JuD combine. Demanding or requesting the world to take notice is not the right approach.

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  • AM.Khan
    May 30, 2012 - 10:52AM

    The stance and emphasis of Chinese foreign minister is correct that the contribution of Pakistan on war on terror should be accepted and appreciated. Here i would like to add one thing that the political team of Pakistan is not up to the level to justify what Pakistan provided and what lost with data of acceptable nature, in this war. In the recent case of Dr Shakil, everyday a statement comes from US government’s political and non-political leadership and from other agencies but we have not yet seen a statement on the part of the government, foreign minister, ambassador, and embassy to present the stand and decision of Pakistan on the issue that whether Pakistan considers and thinks on the issue with reference to the article 5 and 6 of the constitution. It shows that our government and its team has fallen short to represent Pakistan in International arena.Recommend

  • Shyam
    May 30, 2012 - 11:14AM

    What he means is “US please continue aid so that we dont have to give anything”

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  • non nuclear
    May 30, 2012 - 11:36AM

    since they started to talk aggressively over south china sea, Chinese contribution to peace is under doubt and yet here they are endorsing Pakistan’s stand…Recommend

  • ashvvinn
    May 30, 2012 - 11:50AM

    @mujahid:
    Yes peace in Afghanistan means acesses to minerals in afghanistan,so pakistani co-operate with USA is what the chinese saying

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  • Dark Knight
    May 30, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Urging nations is “free of charge” …………China can urge as much as it like, how many urges by China have ever been given attention by world community?? …….

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  • Concerned
    May 30, 2012 - 12:13PM

    China gives only moral support to Pakistan and nothing beyond which is evident from its sound advice to Pakistan not to continue its confrontation policy with US which has resulted in stoppage of aid and thus making it amply clear to Pakistan it would not extend any financial help in eventuality of curtailing of aid by US now and future as well.

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  • Imran Con
    May 30, 2012 - 12:48PM

    It’s entertaining that whoever was crying about it actually believed such a statement carried weight with anyone but Pakistan.

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  • S
    May 30, 2012 - 1:30PM

    again why are there so many indians commenting here?

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  • sunder khan Afridi
    May 30, 2012 - 1:53PM

    @Raj – USA:
    We know Indians always consider Pak – China enduring and time tested friendship as pain in their ……………….. So the pain has to be accompanied with some loud groaning.

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  • butt jee
    May 30, 2012 - 1:58PM

    As a Pakistani, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Chinese leadership for for their unwavering support on all important issues. Long live Pak – China friendship.

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  • Nand
    May 30, 2012 - 3:11PM

    @sunder khan Afridi:
    This is the same line you used with USA-Pak earlier. Now look who is groaning aloud..

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  • from India
    May 30, 2012 - 4:03PM

    You jail Dr. Shakil Afridi and claim that enough has been done to combat terrorism ? lol

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  • A Peshawary
    May 30, 2012 - 4:24PM

    @Aarvey,india:
    We are living in the era of one super power and India has become little brother of Mighty Super Power whatever you both say is tight now. Even genuine sacrifices will go down the drain rather will become liability as His master’s voice is always correct.

    India’s best friends of the past (USSR) was defeated by sacrifices of many nations including Pakistan in the forefront. While India at the time was involved in underground efforts by collaborating with Israel reaping all economic benefits accordingly, who can deny Israely and Indian intelegence allaince.

    A Peshawary

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  • Reality Bites
    May 30, 2012 - 5:33PM

    “China urges world to recognise Pak efforts”
    Hmmmm. World has already recognised pak efforts long back, where these Chinese were sleeping all this time ?

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  • j. von hettlingen
    May 30, 2012 - 5:55PM

    That there were a couple of senior intelligence officials in the Chinese delegation showed Beijing’s concern about the ethnic tensions in the remote Xinjiang province on its western border. China accused Islamist extremists sowing unrest and infiltrating in a region inhabited by ethnic Uyghurs, who feel discriminated by the Han-Chinese.The Uyghurs are a mainly Sunni Muslim group found throughout Xinjiang, a vast and arid territory that straddles the ancient Silk Road and forms China’s western borders with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

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  • Cautious
    May 30, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Another “made in Pakistan” news article? — like many previous articles you don’t find mention in any other newspaper – including the Chinese newspapers.

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  • Fayyaz
    May 30, 2012 - 8:31PM

    From China always come words…and nothing tangible…Hope we were in good terms with US..the US is a friend of friends…and whoever has allied itself with US has reached the pinnacle of progress and prosperity…few examples being South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Israel and many more…

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  • antanu
    May 30, 2012 - 8:32PM

    <p>@Aarvey,india: </p>

    <p>no..Intact had US been sincere the would have been a peaceful place to live.</p>Recommend

  • Thoughtful
    May 30, 2012 - 10:48PM

    How very very very successful. Exceppt for crass monetary commitments.

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  • Truthbetold
    May 30, 2012 - 11:06PM

    “This country (Pakistan) has made huge sacrifices and has made huge contributions in the struggle against terrorism. This should be recognised by the international community and Pakistan deserves whole-hearted support from the international community,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.”

    It would be a lot more credible if China steps up and put its money where its mouth is. After all, Pakistan plunged into the current spate of terror attacks inside Pakistan after Musharraf attacked Lal Masjid to please the Chinese. That and the crackdown on Uighur Muslim Jihadists on behalf of China was a huge favor done to china by Pakistan. Shouldn’t china reward Pakistan with payment of $3B a year now to replace the declining American freebies?

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  • Dan Still
    May 31, 2012 - 12:54AM

    it is one of the most important visits of this year to pakistan, followed by russian president. i am sure, US is out and now pakistan is firmly with china and russia block. New power play is emerging. The world is polorized in two blocks again and it will be evident over time. 20 years till WW3 and countdown has begun.

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  • Aftab
    May 31, 2012 - 1:10AM

    World will only recognise Pakistan’s efforts once it puts it’s own house in order. It is on the verge of becoming a failed state

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  • Raj - USA
    May 31, 2012 - 1:48AM

    @Fayyaz:
    At one time, Pakistan had very good relationship with USA. However, the Army decides the sort of relationship Pakistan should have with any country. The Army restricted its relationship with USA to Military equipments only. They did not care for joint ventures in industries or technology transfers in other fields. Who allowed US to use Pakistan’s air bases for Drone strikes. It was the Army as they thought they could get the Drone technology from USA which did not work out. Who created the fiasco during the Kerry Lugar Bill? It was the Army again, as they wanted to secure the aid for themselves. Pakistan was asking for nuclear technology to solve its energy problems today. It never asked for solar or wind technology that could be implemented quickly as compared to nuclear technology. It has not asked for shale gas technology from US also. China is a major exporter of solar products with advanced technology in this field. They have set up solar projects worldwide, including India but have not done any in Pakistan as Pakistan itself is not interested. Pakistan’s relationship with China is also restricted to military field. This is the reason, Pakistan has not benefitted from its relationship with any country.

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  • Salman Sheikh
    May 31, 2012 - 10:09AM

    @Raj – USA:
    You made some sensible comments but you didn’t recognizing the fact that US is working on a Colonial Type Era. Where all the Asian Nation is under their control Afghanistan is the first step. In my opinion India in this region is now making their policies like US told them so or they are being opportunist.. India is always opposing Pakistan. Why don’t we made a Asian Union treaty so the outsiders Europeans or US doesn’t interfering in this region.???

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  • Pakistan
    May 31, 2012 - 11:57AM

    In heading you written “Pak” only instead Pakistan, correct it.

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