China backs Pakistan as US cuts military aid following Trump's remarks

Published: January 2, 2018
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Long-time, trusted ally China has defended Pakistan’s record of combating “terrorism” in the wake of a withering attack by US President Donald Trump, who accused Islamabad of “lies and deceit” in an angry tweet on New Year.

Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, in a meeting with National Security Adviser National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua on Tuesday, said Beijing acknowledged Pakistan’s matchless sacrifices in the war against terror.

He added that the country stood firmly with Islamabad in all situations and reiterated China’s commitment to the security and stability of Pakistan.

On Trump’s tweet about Pakistan, the two sides called for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and an end to the conflict.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, when asked during a regular briefing on Tuesday about Trump’s tweet, did not mention the United States but defended Pakistan’s contributions in counter-terrorism.

“We have said many times that Pakistan has put forth great effort and made great sacrifices in combating terrorism. It has made a prominent contribution to global anti-terror efforts,” he said. “The international community should fully recognise this.”

US blocks $225m military aid to Pakistan, foreign media reports

Meanwhile, the US confirmed it had blocked a $255 million military aid to Pakistan, saying the country was reviewing Islamabad’s cooperation in security areas.

On Monday, Trump said that the United States had “foolishly” handed Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had been rewarded with “nothing but lies and deceit”. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

Pakistani officials say tough US measures threaten to push Pakistan further into the arms of China, which has deepened ties with Islamabad after pledging to invest $57 billion in infrastructure as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative.

Analysts say Trump’s tweet signals that the fraught US-Pakistan ties are likely to worsen in 2018. “The trend lines have not been good, and the tweet gives an indication of the turmoil that awaits in 2018,” said Michael Kugelman, the senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Centre.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • tatvavetta
    Jan 2, 2018 - 6:09PM

    The new year saw terrorists from Jaish-e- Mohammed organization attacking Indian police camps in Pulwama.This the Chinese foreign office cannot see but the world can see it.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jan 2, 2018 - 6:53PM

    Lets see if the Chinese waive interest on the CPEC loansRecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 2, 2018 - 8:27PM

    this is called – from the frying pan into the fire . Pak be warned , be armed … Recommend

  • Striver
    Jan 2, 2018 - 8:51PM

    It won’t be long before the Chinese style of diplomacy is taught to students of international relations.
    Academics and practitioners of international relations, hypothesize that relations between states are based on “interests”. This leads to peace.
    NO MORE !

    Chinese have used soft power and other countries in the region have willingly allowed China access to parts of their country they would not have given to US or any western country, Both countries mutually benefit from this relationship. No bullying no unreasonable demands.Recommend

  • Rex
    Jan 2, 2018 - 9:06PM

    Test. ALL comments are being blocked, it seems. Pakistan’s military deep state is starting to feel the heat!Recommend

  • It's Economy Stupid
    Jan 2, 2018 - 9:35PM

    China is taking risk of getting labeled as sympathizer of terrorist or rogue states and will hurt when it comes to other countries sharing intelligence with China.Recommend

  • Try...
    Jan 2, 2018 - 10:11PM

    “Meanwhile, the US confirmed it had blocked a $255 million military aid to Pakistan, saying the country was reviewing Islamabad’s cooperation in security areas.”

    Will China replace this grant? If Washington does not lean on IMF to give a soft loan, will China provide a soft loan? If Washington blocks imports from Pakistan (currently US is the biggest export destination for Pakistani exports), will China compensate Pakistan? No, no and no. The most China is willing to do for you is to provide veto in security council which costs nothing. Try asking for more and see what you get.Recommend

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