China endorses Pakistan’s response to US raid: PM

Published: May 19, 2011
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Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani  inspect honour guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani inspect honour guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: 

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has endorsed Islamabad’s response to the May 2 raid by US special forces on Abbottabad that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, as a Chinese delegation to Washington is reported to have asked the US to stop pressuring Pakistan.

“We support Pakistan’s response [to the situation],” Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani quoted the Chinese premier as saying during his visit to Beijing on Wednesday. “We acknowledge that Pakistan has made great sacrifices and important contributions in the global fight against terror.”

“I wish to stress here that no matter what changes might take place in the international landscape, China and Pakistan will remain forever good neighbours, good friends, good partners and good brothers,” Wen added.

Wen also seemed to criticise the unilateral US raid on Pakistan, albeit without accusing Washington directly. “No country has any right to intervene in Pakistan,” Gilani quoted Wen as saying.

While Chinese officials have been careful not to directly confront the United States in public, they have delivered a stronger message to US officials in private.

Sources say that the Chinese government sent a senior delegation to Washington a few days before Gilani’s visit to Beijing, which urged the US to publicly acknowledge Pakistan’s role in the global war against terrorism and accept the constraints that Islamabad operates under.  The Chinese are also reported to have asked Washington to refrain from publicly humiliating Pakistan.

The Chinese delegation met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Chinese pressure on Washington is made more meaningful by the fact that the Chinese central bank holds over $2.3 trillion in US government debt.

Sources say US officials assured the Chinese delegation that the US would treat Pakistan with respect but also asked China to reiterate US concerns on terrorism to Pakistani officials during Gilani’s visit to Beijing.

The subject of relations between India and Pakistan also came up during the discussions between the two prime ministers.

Wen praised Gilani’s decision to engage in ‘cricket diplomacy’ by watching the semi-final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, played between India and Pakistan, in Mohali.

While most analysts agree that Beijing views New Delhi as a rival, the Chinese government has been keen not to unnecessarily provoke hostility with India.

Gilani met Wen on the second day of a visit to China that follows the May 2 killing of the al Qaeda leader by US Special Forces in Abbottabad – a raid that has rattled US-Pakistan ties and prompted Islamabad to court ally Beijing.

Pakistan’s Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar said Wen and Gilani discussed the issue during their talks.

“We told them (China) that our sovereignty had to be accepted by everybody. We will not let anybody come into our territory without announcing who they are,” he said.

China has consistently defended its ally since the raid, and Wen continued to do so Wednesday. “Pakistan has made great sacrifices and important contributions in the global fight against terror,” he said.

Gilani, meanwhile, also hailed the strong relationship with China, describing it as an “all-weather friendship” earlier in the day.

“Pakistan and China are close friends and good neighbours. Our all-weather friendship is deeply rooted in the hearts and minds of our two peoples,” he said in a speech at a cultural forum in the eastern city of Suzhou.

Similar comments a day earlier by Gilani fuelled calls from US lawmakers to slash aid to Islamabad, after US Senator John Kerry tried to set relations back on the right foot on a visit to Pakistan earlier this week.

During their talks, Wen and Gilani discussed Islamabad’s desire to increase production of the JF-17 – a fighter jet developed by China and Pakistan – and its plans to buy China’s J-10 combat aircraft, Mukhtar said.

The two sides also inked three agreements on banking, economic and technical cooperation and extension of gold and copper extraction from the Saindak mines.

China also offered a 70 million RMB ($10.8 million) grant for flood reconstruction and a 100 million RMB ($15.4 million) soft term loan to Pakistan.

Gilani and Wen witnessed the signing of agreements after holding talks at the Great Hall of the People.

The agreements include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between China Banking Regulatory Authority and State Bank of Pakistan, and two agreements; one on economic and technical cooperation and the other on extending the Saindak Gold and Copper Mining Project up to year 2017.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (80)

  • Tahir
    May 18, 2011 - 3:04PM

    One thing all Pakistanis can agree on that is we should always remain close freinds with China..Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 18, 2011 - 3:12PM

    PM should really ask simple question what is the actual balance of trade with chinese, in terms of Pak exports to china and its imports from china and the answer will be very clear to Pakistan as to who is gaining from from this so called Brotherly relationship!!!!!Recommend

  • gunjan
    May 18, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Don’t be India’s friend if you do not want, but choose your friends wisely. A good, reputed friend adds to your reputation and a friend like China, North Korea or Iran subtracts from it.Recommend

  • mahmood
    May 18, 2011 - 3:56PM

    If it’s such a close friend then why didn’t they give you more money during the flood? Why are Pakistani’s always trying to migrate to the USA and not China? Why is the USA you major trading partner? And why is China wary of Muslims? It takes more than selling you plutonium for bombs or using you as a strategic asset against India to make a true friend.Recommend

  • Chacha
    May 18, 2011 - 4:05PM

    The Chinese have no qualms of democracy, human rights etc. They are masters of realpolitik. To that extent of Pakistan is seeking to strengthen its democratic and human rights framework, then it keeps strange bedfellows !Recommend

  • Chacha
    May 18, 2011 - 4:05PM

    When the Chinese annouced the largest investment in Africa – a US$ 50 bln oil deal in Nigeria, then MEND – which is the insurgent group that is fighting for peoples rights in the delta and targets western oil companies – actually complianed ! They said that all said and done the western companies could be trusted to not cross any lines, but they described the Chinese as locusts !Recommend

  • Bluejay
    May 18, 2011 - 4:18PM

    China wants to use Pakistan against India as they are using North Korea against South Korea and Japan.They also don’t want any militancy in Muslim areas of China.Therefore this all weather friendship will not flourish beyond certain limit, Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 18, 2011 - 4:19PM

    China ,time tested friend,
    not like the united states,who has brought its own war in our soil,
    China would never do so,you see china would divide the burden
    work for our prosperity.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 18, 2011 - 4:22PM

    China is our time tested friend.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 18, 2011 - 4:23PM

    We should keep in mind the time tested friend,
    never forget.Recommend

  • Munna Bhai
    May 18, 2011 - 4:24PM

    Bravo, Mr Mahmood. You hit the Bull’s eye!Recommend

  • pl/sql
    May 18, 2011 - 4:36PM

    China picks her friends very selectively I suppose. Just look at some of the countries on the list: North Korea, Zimbabwe, Burma, Pakistan, Ivory Coast…etc..WOW! Elite list indeed.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 18, 2011 - 4:56PM

    China is indeed our real friend and we want to further strengthen this friendship. Lets use our brain and not follow retard people.Recommend

  • Sonya
    May 18, 2011 - 4:59PM

    @Hedgefunder:

    Think a little bit about what you just said. Pakistan is the largest market for china’s stuff .. you probably know that. So who gains the profit from all those stuff that china sends to us? I hope you got the idea now. China would care less about anything else.Recommend

  • Khan
    May 18, 2011 - 5:22PM

    China is real friend who express it wishes both in words as well in helping all sectors of life and respect Pakistan.. Whreas America is on different side give you help but ask you to do respect them like Masters .. so this is the difference … China say pakistan is his friend and USA saying they are master of pakistan…Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    May 18, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Time Tested Friend during Kargil War, 1972 War, 1965 War, Donated very little during Quake and Flood.. Lets hope theyll donate better this time & not just take away mineral wealth like they did to Africa. They might use like Proxy against India, like USA used us against Soviets in Afghanistan. The results will be disastrous.

    The PM should handle things diplomatically rather than rhetoric unnecessarily making US & West Angry.Recommend

  • dude
    May 18, 2011 - 5:45PM

    That’s true..Geography of the region will remain the same ‘Forever’ so China needs Pakistan ‘forever’ and the friendship will also be ‘forever’. Now its time for India to be prepared to take both of them(at once)Recommend

  • dextor
    May 18, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Mr Mahmmod: Good point…please are migrating because they are mentally invaded…else nothing…if you see in paksitan…this is a hype that one could be rich only getting to these ocuntries…but y not china…because…we cannot see thier movies…we doesnot fantcise them…we live and believe in rumors…Isnt it….
    A part from that China is our best friend…. Recommend

  • Asim+Ali
    May 18, 2011 - 5:48PM

    What is this rubbish about friendship? Our manufacturing plants are shut because of China. Our locomotives are shut because of China. Chinese junk has infiltrated our markets. Our jobs are going to China and for what? Is this the price we have to pay for incompetence. Our engineers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, farmers, bankers, retailers, businessmen, sportsmen are all better than Chinese. We simply need to provide incentives to our own people and they will do wonders for this country. When we don’t provide incentives, we pay for the incompetence we are dealing with on a daily basis Recommend

  • Haroon
    May 18, 2011 - 5:54PM

    China is surely our time tested,all weather friend etcetcetc——–etc..But do our leaders who have made us slave to drones,IMF,UK,USA?THAT IS THE BIGGEST WORRY.Recommend

  • Umair Qureshi
    May 18, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Pak-Cheen Dosti ( Pakistan Loves China <3 )Recommend

  • Pill
    May 18, 2011 - 6:01PM

    It doesn’t have to be either China or America or Russia or India for that matter. Pakistan should be cordial and friendly with all. Once pakistan realizes it is only a little guy then only will it start concentrating on its own interests. Incidently its own interests are largely not in contradiction with others’ with the exception of India viz a viz Afghanistan and Kashmir. Pakistan must have no qualms with India except for India’s territorial ambitions. Once and for all India must recognise that it got far more than its fair share at partition, and be content.Recommend

  • mjmannish
    May 18, 2011 - 6:13PM

    A religious country. Another is a country of atheists or rather has atheist rulers. Strange bedfellows. Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    May 18, 2011 - 6:25PM

    I got some good tweets, though funny, but reflect reality.

    Islamic Pakistan weds God-Less Communist China.
    After Amreeka, the 2nd Solemn Marriage with China. (BTW, 4 Marriages are allowed in Islam)
    Fought the Godless Communist-Soviets in the name of Islam & but Marrying China due to troubled Marriage.
    (& the Global Conspirator Moderator will not let my comment pass through)
    ;)Recommend

  • Husain
    May 18, 2011 - 6:27PM

    When u want to be used everybody will use you… So stand on your feet rather than criticizing only others! Yes China cares about its interest and we should respect them for that.. Not like our leaders who would sell everything for money! So start working and you will earn back your respect.. I still feel China is atleast our best Master for those who dont consider it a friend because it could have exploited us far more when we think about what we deserve :)… You may disagree!Recommend

  • Nation Prevails
    May 18, 2011 - 6:34PM

    AT LEAST CHINA IS MUCH BETTER THEN USA IN-TERMS OF SOVEREIGNTY, And really its time for Pakistan to change the camp America is destroying us from inside.

    And if the relationship b/w Pakistan and America become very sour and lead to full scale war then in such scenario Pakistan will have the support of China because in case of Pakistan defeat (which China & Pakistan will not ever want) there will be another hostile govt next to its border and china will also become unstable.

    But I would say that Pakistan and India both have to get out of American pressure and deal there matters honestly and to step into future along.Recommend

  • Sam
    May 18, 2011 - 6:54PM

    Wonderful comments!!!! IF there is ONE ally that has said something positive, we want to be skeptical about that as well.

    Thank you China for your years of friendship and dignifying Pakistan in utter humiliation! You do for us, what we cant do for ourselves!Recommend

  • paindo
    May 18, 2011 - 6:59PM

    love and respect for Chiness people and their leadership as wellRecommend

  • Thinking
    May 18, 2011 - 7:09PM

    China just wants to use Pakistan. They are not a true friend of Pakistan’s. They just know Pakistan’s assets are for sale so they will buy them. Do we really think China will come and help Pakistan in a time of need? They certainly didn’t during the floods.Recommend

  • Babloo
    May 18, 2011 - 7:47PM

    I have seldom seen countries in so much love and profess is so repeatedly, as Pakistan does of China. I guess China really loves and admires Pakistan. Hope the Chinese allow Pakistanis to migrate and settle in Pakistan.Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    May 18, 2011 - 7:58PM

    What Asim+Ali says is right. Pakistan should get MFN status where Pak manufactured goods are exported to China. That way, not only a trade balance, but also job creation would happen. Something like Joint Mfg will be helpful. Our PM should not only ask for Aid, but also ask for Trading. The Raw Materials currently being exported should be processed here and Finished Goods have to be exported.
    All agreements must be written, documented or history will repeat like that of USA & there will be no one to support. Recommend

  • GoodDeeds
    May 18, 2011 - 8:48PM

    I think Chinese should work with Americans and reach middle point on currency manipulation charges, that will increase American exports to China, make Americans and Chinese good friends.
    Chinese already have developed wide spread & deep capabilities, excellent universities, excellent infrastructure, high standard of living in their cities, huge progress in their farmlands, and a huge internal market.
    They should be able to sustain a high growth rate even with reduced exports to America.
    I think China America friend ship will bring peace in the region, and it is specially good for Pakistan.Recommend

  • maestro
    May 18, 2011 - 8:55PM

    China has truly proven itself to be a true friend over and over again over the last 60 years, in word and action. Pakistan has 2 real friends – China and Turkey. No one else. I know first hand when you visit these two countries with a Pak passport, they literally say “welcome!” China has done so many development projects in our economy and defence, its unbelievable. God bless Pak-China friendship. Recommend

  • maestro
    May 18, 2011 - 9:04PM

    And those saying negative things – Pakistan is a young country with growing pains as any other young country and constantly under threat. China has stood by us repeatedly. Do not insult the one of the great friends that we have. In this little world, every nation needs each other. Look at Greece – bankrupt and asking for help. The US, btw, owes China over $750 BILLIION in loans for their bail out package. China of course has its interests – which nation doesn’t – but are they bombing our people right now? Instead, they become the first country to say loud and clearly they stand with Pakistan. Recommend

  • Amer
    May 18, 2011 - 9:20PM

    China and Pakistan have really been time tested friends. Both countries have their own interests but the mutual respect is unbelieveable. I just hope Pakistan can increase it’s exports to China and have more from the relationship.
    China does for Pakistan that no one else can do for it!Recommend

  • Arman
    May 18, 2011 - 9:36PM

    US used and dumped and its Chinese turn now.. Who’s next if Pakistan remains.Recommend

  • Hedingen
    May 18, 2011 - 10:12PM

    Believe me or Believe me not….I am an non South Asian actually an Israeli and truthfully very very pained to see whats happening with Pakistan. Yes I have been to Pakistan and very very lovely people….. Recommend

  • Congratulations
    May 18, 2011 - 10:16PM

    Oh Wow…. We are so happy.. Congratulations, Pakistan and China for your union. Wish You a very happy and Prosperous All Weather life. Here is my present. (Handing a bulky envelope of US Dollars) Recommend

  • FactCheck
    May 18, 2011 - 10:32PM

    @Nation Prevails:

    Have you ever heard the term “dumber than door knob”? Look in the mirror.Recommend

  • MS
    May 18, 2011 - 10:40PM

    I am Indian (pls dont get angry over me as i am good person) and i have been visiting this website because i like reading views of people of Pakistan. I am surprised to say that you people are lot better and peace lovers than what most of Indians believe of people of your country.Recommend

  • Zahid Aslam
    May 18, 2011 - 10:49PM

    @Tahir: Strong Agree with u man….
    We should always remain close with China………..Recommend

  • Tinker
    May 18, 2011 - 11:14PM

    USA can not move an inch in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s help yet Pakistan was stabbed in the back, what US Aid, it is reimbursement for expenses incurred by Pakistan for US War in Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Cronous
    May 18, 2011 - 11:18PM

    I would have to say the Chinese are masters at diplomacy. They get a free trade deal with Pakistan where they flood the market with their cheap goods earning billions. They also get to sell military hardware and other goods/services for profit to Pakistan. All they have to do whisper sweet nothings into Pakistan’s ear. While American spends billions to shore up their image, China does it without hardly spending any money.Recommend

  • Uncle Sam
    May 19, 2011 - 12:07AM

    The real headline should be:
    Pakistan chooses new master: China.
    LOLRecommend

  • Saad H
    May 19, 2011 - 12:19AM

    It is so disappointing to see Pakistais criticising China for not donating a large sum of money to us! What are we, beggars? Is that what you guys wat us to be known as around the world? We need to be lookig for trade, not aid so our economy can grow!Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 12:58AM

    Undoubtedly the visit to China was perfectly timed and it was the need of the time to have the full support of all weather time tested friend.but too much dependency is not good for any nation ,they can only support us to stand on our feet but cant help constantly to make us walk.

    Pakistan china friendship zindabad.Recommend

  • saad
    May 19, 2011 - 1:04AM

    common pakistan and china.. together we will conquer whole asia and then world. sky is the limit. pakistani scientific brains and china hardware will be lethal combination. Recommend

  • Asif
    May 19, 2011 - 2:01AM

    China is our good friend. we should also be stand by china in all his problems. China, Pak friendship zindabaad :)Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 2:07AM

    Excellent news of JF-17 Thunders. Recommend

  • john
    May 19, 2011 - 2:26AM

    LONG LIVE PAK-SINO FRIENDSHIP..!!A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED…..!Recommend

  • hamza
    May 19, 2011 - 2:51AM

    what the hell is the matter wid the indians now..?
    if they cant be ur good friends dont ever think that china cant be best friend of any other country…
    china is india’s enemy ..not pak’s …so no need of showing hatred at china n pak frndship…
    dont be jealous…we r happy wid this friendship..so india is no one to poke its filthy nose in our affairs…deal ur own problems first…hehh…india’s jst a shining superpower of jealousy..!Recommend

  • Patrik
    May 19, 2011 - 3:38AM

    It is indeed sad that the only ‘best friend’ that Pakistan has is Godless country where religion is officially banned and a regime that brutally represses it’s own people including Ughiur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists etc and where students who ask for freedom are crushed under tanks and artists simply disappear if the regime doe not like what they say.

    Pakistan seems strangely blind to the plight of Uighiur muslims who were killed in their hundreds for demanding religious freedom so much for the Muslim ummah!

    But even apart from that, Chinese will get more than they put in and Pakistan industries like textiles, chemicals etc are already in trouble due to cheap duty free Chinese imports.Recommend

  • Peace On Earth
    May 19, 2011 - 4:01AM

    So, China offers cheap (and dangerous lead-filled) goods while USA offers visas and green cards? Hmmmmm…….Recommend

  • NOOR
    May 19, 2011 - 4:31AM

    “a man is known by the company he keeps”
    I wonder how we can be friends when nothing is common among us, infact 180 degree out of phase.Recommend

  • PAK-CHINA
    May 19, 2011 - 4:50AM

    One interesting thing is that whoever chooses USA, he will acturely choose a tiger.Recommend

  • hoo lala
    May 19, 2011 - 5:15AM

    The bottom line it seems is Pakistan has to lick somebody’s ‘you know what’ …all these days it was US and now it is China !!!! Or is it a case of ‘your enemy’s enemy is my friend’ ? Can Pakistan stand all by itself without someone’s support ? I reckon NOTRecommend

  • Munna Bhai
    May 19, 2011 - 6:00AM

    The announcement of “Forever” friendship between Pakistan & China reminded me of an old movie title in my younger days viz. “I do, I do, for now”!Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 8:16AM

    @Hedgefunder:
    Life is not only dollars dear!Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 8:17AM

    @mahmood:

    If you have known the truth, then you would have not tried to divert the issue. Freshen up your facts.Recommend

  • Ashok
    May 19, 2011 - 9:07AM

    Well said NOOR,

    You have to wonder, if Pakistan was located somewhere in Africa or Europe, would China really be Pakistan’s ‘all weather friend’ – it’s really only Pakistan’s “friend” because it benefits China more than it does Pakistan – though I think India does not mind it. If India did not let go of Gilgit Baltistan in 1947, the world would be a very different place.Recommend

  • Atif
    May 19, 2011 - 9:24AM

    China is our true friend forever that is fact.
    But people from Media & Some politicians in Pakistan criticized PM visit to china and said that its extra burden on our economy.Just analysed this visit and make a comment.
    I must say Pak and China Relation Zindabad.Recommend

  • Radial
    May 19, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Chinese are pragmatic above all else. There are no idealists in China or in the Chinese government (the US does have some, especially in the State Dept / USAID). China does not give “aid” to help its neighbors or friends. Everything is done with some calculation in mind, and the amounts are relatively meager compared to Western / US assistance. Instead of running back and forth into the arms of the US and China, Pakistan and its government need to grow a spine and take a balanced and long-term view of its future. Making an enemy out of the US does not serve any interest, nor does announcing to the world that China is Pakistan’s “best” friend. Such announcements, even if they have to be made, can easily be made in private between Pakistan and China’s leadership. This is not a kindergarten playground, and Pakistan should not behave like a 3 year-old whose “best friends” who keep changing every time someone shares a lollipop with it.Recommend

  • Sok Kwu Wan
    May 19, 2011 - 9:43AM

    Ask a Chinese person what they really think of Pakistan. I’ll give you a clue: it’s not flattering. They are not all-weather friends. They will use you and then throw you under the bus as soon as they see fit. They are not to be trusted.

    As far as “you’re a young country” is concerned 60 odd years is quite a lot of time. It is time to take responsibility for yourselves and make your own way in the world. Yes there have been setbacks, yes there has been a lot of meddling, but no one is going to do this for you. Not the USA, not China. Recommend

  • Indian
    May 19, 2011 - 10:40AM

    All Pakistanis: You are againgoing to be used for somebody’s else interst. China was very friendly with India before 65, but chineese left no chance to stab on back when India was weak. Chineese look at india as rivals although they have common business interst. To indirectly hurt india now China will use pak resources and geographic location. This will led to proxy chineese rule in Pak. First they will make you dependent on them and than they will use you as per their wish which you currently experincing with US. I don’t know when will Pak start living on her own and less dependent on other countries. Recommend

  • IAKhan
    May 19, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Splendid China, splendid !!!
    This is called what’s said to be ‘allweather honesty’, albeit whatever is off the screen…!
    Long Live Pak China relations…Recommend

  • Bismillah Khan
    May 19, 2011 - 11:00AM

    “China also offered a 70 million RMB ($10.8 million) grant for flood reconstruction and a 100 million RMB ($15.4 million) soft term loan to Pakistan.”

    11 Million only? A country with Billions of $`s in Trade Surplus only gives 11 Million? This is not even 1/1000 of Profits that china makes out of us. Pakistan need to demand more aid.Recommend

  • Fedup
    May 19, 2011 - 11:53AM

    “Strategic asset against India” “Choose your friends closely” yada yada yada
    LOL at the bharti cyber junkies going ga ga, advising pakistan on who to befriend, and recommending in masse the most ridiculous comments. But some of them are actually paid to do this kind of propoganda so it is not something new. As to whether China is better than U.S., suffice to say both are allies and both are vital. Recommend

  • no aman ki aasha nor war
    May 19, 2011 - 12:02PM

    hahaha…..Recommend

  • Waqas Kazmi
    May 19, 2011 - 2:09PM

    Long Live Pakistan! Long Live China!Recommend

  • Amir
    May 19, 2011 - 2:29PM

    @Hedgefunder China has helped create a new industry for Pakistan to export and that is the production of a jet fighter. It is extremely rare for any nation in the world to give up such technology to another nation even if there was an alliance. Next there will be naval production from China. Pakistan does not have many goods to export China in the first place, but you would not care because you are an Indian trying to cause trouble.Recommend

  • Arman
    May 19, 2011 - 2:50PM

    India also gave $25 million not bad when u think of Indo-PAK friendship.Recommend

  • speckledegee
    May 19, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Chinese pressure on Washington is made more meaningful by the fact that the Chinese central bank holds over $2.3 trillion in US government debt.

    No it isn’t. Ask China where else they’re going find a place to sink that much money. Didn’t think so. Economists understand this, but the usual pinhead commentators don’t.Recommend

  • Akram
    May 19, 2011 - 5:18PM

    For those who criticize the friends China Picks, dont forget that the US and western countries have ruined the image of such countries like Pakistan and so they have become targets. Remember its US running on Chinas wealth not US on the chinese Yen. Recommend

  • doesitmatter
    May 19, 2011 - 7:32PM

    Seriously!! Who cares to what China says except Pakistan and North Korea ? Only dominance it has is the veto power in UN which it uses only to make sure it’s own agenda is fulfilled.Recommend

  • Hedingen
    May 19, 2011 - 9:09PM

    Guys…this logic my enemy’s enemy is my friend is old logic and doesn’t really work in the long run. What Pakistan needs is basically to normalize relations with its huge neighbor next door. After which whatever problems exist can be resolved amicably. There are more advantages to Pakistan to normalize the relations having substantial gains and benefits in every areas especially economically.Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 19, 2011 - 9:10PM

    Chinese publicly praised the death of OBL – guess well have to take the word of the PM about the private criticism of the USA.Recommend

  • saeed
    May 19, 2011 - 9:19PM

    @mahmood:

    mahmood, do you make friends to ask for money? Why should you ask money from friends
    ?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 19, 2011 - 9:45PM

    @Amir:
    Uncle Sam has given you too much!! In fact everything that your Army has is more or less US origin!!! Get real, Jet fighters don’t feed People or Pay the Loans !!!!Recommend

  • Raj
    May 20, 2011 - 6:30AM

    When Pakistan is introducing Chinese as a second language and part from English language. The language ( Punjabi) spoken by majority of Pakistanis has no official status in Pakistan.Recommend

  • pakcheen dosti zindabad
    May 21, 2011 - 2:49AM

    those who oppose our friendship are jealous.indeed china support us a lot specially in trading we got cheap products on cheap rates.china make us millitarly strong and selfreliant.now we are seeking its help in power sector.china is helping us in making 1 gigawatt nuclear reactor.I THINK WE PAKISTANIS SHOUDL SAY BYE BYE TO USA.we dont need usa AID.so called friendship with usa brings lot of trouble for pakistan.punjab govt reject all usa AID.good stepRecommend

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