China throws weight behind Pakistan

Published: May 20, 2011
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (L) shakes hands with China's President Hu Jintao during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing May 20, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (L) shakes hands with China's President Hu Jintao during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing May 20, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS


Cornered on the global stage, Pakistan received an official show of support on Friday with China reiterating its support for Islamabad’s efforts in the war on terrorism, stressing that Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty should be respected.

In a joint statement with Pakistan marking the end of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s widely observed trip to Beijing, China said it “recognised the tremendous efforts and the great sacrifice that Pakistan has made in fighting terrorism.”

The joint statement with China came at a time Pakistan faced unprecedented pressure from Washington and its allies, which had begun to point an accusatory finger at Islamabad after Osama bin Laden was located on its soil.

The statement also said that the two sides shared the view that terrorism, separatism and extremism pose serious threats to regional peace, stability and security, and reaffirmed their resolve to undertake “substantive cooperation” under bilateral and multilateral frameworks, and jointly fight the three forces.

Pakistan reiterated that it would never to allow its territory to be used to attack any country and will continue to support international counter-terrorism cooperation, the statement said.

According to the statement, China said it is “firm on the policy of pursuing friendly ties with Pakistan” and Pakistan stressed that pursuing friendship with China is the “bedrock of Pakistan’s foreign policy and enjoys national consensus.”

The Chinese side expressed appreciation for the longstanding, firm support of Pakistan on issues that concern China’s core interests. The Pakistani side appreciated the strong support and selfless assistance of the Chinese government and people.

“The Chinese side reiterated that it believes Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should be respected and its efforts for promoting peace and stability in South Asia should be recognised and supported,” the statement said.

The Pakistani side reiterated its firm commitment to the one-China policy and support for China’s reunification, it said.

The statement said the two sides will prioritise intensifying cooperation in infrastructure, energy and agriculture.

The two reiterated they will continue to enhance cooperation in military and security for peace, security and stability of the two countries and the region.

‘An old friend’

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday saluted Pakistan’s prime minister as an “old friend” of Beijing, and reiterated upon the world community that Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror must be acknowledged.

On Friday, before their talks at the Great Hall of the People, Hu said Gilani’s visit would “certainly give a strong boost to the good neighbourly friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation” between the two countries.

He repeated the belief during the one-hour meeting at the hall, where matters of bilateral interest as well as the regional situation were discussed.

“President Hu acknowledged Pakistan’s outstanding contribution towards combating terrorism and said that the international community should respect its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir told the Associated Press of Pakistan.

He said that Hu also called upon the international community to help Pakistan combat extremism and terrorism. “Pakistan is an important country in the region and has a unique role in promoting reconciliation and development in Afghanistan,” Bashir quoted Hu as saying.

Phone call to Zardari

“China-Pakistan strategic cooperative relations have infused the two countries’ relationship with new force and vitality,” President Hu Jintao told Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari during a phone call on Friday to celebrate 60 years of relations, Xinhua news reported

Pakistan help

China, meanwhile, needs Islamabad’s help in stemming potential terrorist threats in its far-western mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan.

“China is willing to strengthen the security dialogue and cooperation with Pakistan to jointly fight the “three forces” (terrorism, separatism and extremism),” Hu told Gilani.

‘Thank you’

Prime Minister Gilani thanked the Chinese president for his country’s support to Pakistan after the Abbottabad incident.

Thanking President Hu for the hospitality extended to him and his delegation, the prime minister said that it was always an honour to visit China.

The leaders congratulated each other on the completion of 60 years of Pakistan-China friendship and discussed way to further strengthen the relationship and cooperation between the two countries, particularly in areas of infrastructure, energy and agriculture. (With input from wires)

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • raja nadeem
    May 20, 2011 - 7:04PM


  • san
    May 20, 2011 - 7:39PM

    only emotional sympathy thats it..because we are emotional fools..Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    May 20, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Just for 12 mil $ aid, why take so much trouble my dear PM, please come back now.
    It isn`t worth the effort.
    Those JF-17 fighters are still under evaluation by chinese airforce, & CAF itself is not confident of the fighter. I hope you got your kickbacks on the chinese junk, bought it in the name of friendship,
    Anyway cant even take out the drones which are hammering us. Please comeback & place the JF-17 at the chowki. Recommend

  • Sunny Deol Pakistani
    May 20, 2011 - 9:34PM

    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 PakistanRecommend

  • Jehanzeb Khan
    May 20, 2011 - 10:00PM


  • delhi_se
    May 20, 2011 - 10:58PM

    And their call really matters!!Recommend

  • Arslan
    May 21, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @Sunny Deol Pakistani:
    lol ? What it has to do with the news at all ?Recommend

  • observer
    May 21, 2011 - 12:28AM

    hihi, this friend china is slowly tightening her tentacles in PoK, pakis, forget PoK.Recommend

  • Sunny Deol Pakistani
    May 21, 2011 - 1:31AM

    @Arslan, you have a narrow perspective, China is our all weather friend and it is our duty to learn Chinese, the way we learned English when UK and USA were our friends. Punjabi is the language of Sikhs and we have to disown it even if it is spoken by majority of my fellow countrymen. Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    May 21, 2011 - 2:00AM

    we love you a lot.
    Im ready to die for you.Recommend

  • Arslan
    May 21, 2011 - 2:18AM

    @Sunny Deol Pakistani:
    facepalm You don’t need to learn a language because you’ve got ‘friends’, but for pragmatical purposes (trade, …)
    And Punjabi is certainly not the language of the Sikhs, there are more Punjabis in Pakistan, and I’m one of them. :PRecommend

  • BruteForce
    May 21, 2011 - 8:02AM

    Now tell me something. What exactly is the difference between North Korea and Pakistan, except the fact that NK did send Terrorists to its neighbors to wreck havoc?

    NK too has, like Pakistan, unlimited support from Pakistan. Has got lot of military goodies from it, including planes, missiles and nukes. But, it is still considered to be a failed state in spite of all this.

    When you take on the US, you are taking on the entire free world. Pakistan is also taking on EU, India, South Korea, Japan and all the Countries which feel threatened by China. That is more than half of World’s GDP!!!

    Pakistan instead of going non-aligned is strongly aligning itself to ONE country, which doesn’t even a GDP 1/4th that of the US and against the US.

    I say, well done!Recommend

  • Anonymous
    May 21, 2011 - 8:30AM

    @Roflcopter,you will soon get an opportunity…lolz just jokingRecommend

  • Waquar
    May 21, 2011 - 10:27AM

    The headline of this article is: “China throws weight behind Pakistan”
    Thinking Pakistanis must ponder:
    “What will happen when China begins to throw its weight around, IN PAKISTAN?”
    That is an idea that doesn’t seem to cross the Pakistani brows, high, mid or low.
    We are selling ourselves in a Faustian deal … with bargain (de-) basement prices.
    This is not an honourable friendship … and it will not be honoured for long,
    by either side. Your points and observations are accurate and cogent. Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    May 21, 2011 - 10:34AM

    I will be more interested to know the long term ramifications… what we had to surrender to get this. We should remember… China is not a typical Communist country… it is very capitalist and everything needs to make financial sense for them. China does more trade with India that it does with us so if we think they will back us against India then why is China jeopardizing its trade… there must be something they have asked for in return… It is not Laila Majnoo’s love story… this is international politics.Recommend

  • Raza
    May 21, 2011 - 10:35AM

    @ San… Thousand times agree with u…Recommend

  • fahim
    May 21, 2011 - 10:38AM

    only few country in the world bends their back as much to please other countries as Pak. Initially it was US in 80s and 90s… now its china. Only other chinese stooge country, North Korea also does not bend their back as much as we do. Everything in excess is bad, so as our blind infatuation about chinese, who are master planners. They think 50 years ahead of time, and have used Pak as a dumpyard of their junk, be it locomotives or JF17 which their own airforce have rejected. From roads, power, dams, irrigation, nuclear, military, ports, small and medium industry, aircraft, ships, and even capital market is flooded with cheap Chinese stuff while our own people are job less, industries are closing and economy collapsing. But that doesnt stop us begging for more instead of standing on own feet. What a shame on us. Recommend

  • lolz
    May 21, 2011 - 10:45AM

    then convert to han and integrate with chinaRecommend

  • Narejo
    May 21, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Sour grapes much? Once again Indians seem more interested in the story and posting nonsense with “we” “our” etc. Since the story goes that bad bad Pakistani army should not get any more toys and aid– no matter how many billions of $– apparently and famously does not reach the common man anyways there is no need for any crocodile tears and unwarranted fearmongering. At least China, unlike Pakistan’s certain neighbour on the east, is not working overtime to cast Pakistan as the international outcast and pariah!
    Besides as the saying goes a friend in need is a friend indeed. In a very difficult time when Pakistan found itself increasingly isolated, the unequivocal support voiced by Chinese leaders is significant and won’t go unnoticed. Recommend

  • May 21, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Who will not throw away tomorrow´s undesirable weight today? Chinese weight
    today is not in excess of any emerging nation. Take it easy, do not be too
    emotional Pakistani friends. It would help you being a bit rational.
    -Kulamarva Balakrishna Recommend

  • Arif Osman
    May 21, 2011 - 2:09PM

    Your Article of 21st instant, .China throws weight behind Pakistan.

    I wonder if the Express Tribune is the mouthpiece of USA, or is it sincere with Pakistani cause!! You guys unnecessarily splash out the headlines with pictures of the Yankies , and of all , today you put up Netanyahos pic. Come on you people; put some sense of responsibility in your heads. Instead you should have put up the picture of the Chinese and Pakistani premiers meeting in Beijing, as of now it was imperative for Pakistan

    Or, is it that your paper is funded from the ‘quarter’ allergic to the Chinese.Recommend

  • Samiullah
    May 21, 2011 - 2:18PM


    Practically speaking, what good things China has done to Pakistan apart from giving a few military toys? China says it has invested $20 billion in Pakistan in the last 5 years and it’ll invest another $20 billion in the next 5 years. But where is the accountability for that? More importantly, where is the improvement? Electricity and gas load shedding has hit all time high in Pakistan. Pakistan’s economy is still predominantly dependant on agriculture and textile industry. No diversifications, no improvements whatsoever. Not to mention the complete destruction of Pakistani small and medium sized enterprises due to free trade agreement with China.

    And China is just using OBL episode to indirectly sledge US which it sees as top enemy. Also China desperately wants to get access to the “warm waters” of Arabian Sea via Pakistan as a new and cheap trade route. It’s all business after all.Recommend

  • Wasim
    May 21, 2011 - 4:00PM

    China is a true friend. Pakistan must become closer with China and Russia and distance itself from U.S., the killers of Pakistani children in FATA. And beware of Indians using Pakistani names to criticize this friendship. Its a well known fact that Indians hate the friendship between Pakistan and China. Just remember China has never harmed a Pakistani while U.S. has killed thousands of Pakistanis. China does not give carrot-on-a-stick aid like U.S., but gives Pakistan business and trade so Pakistan can stand on its own feet. And China has always respected Pakistan’s sovereignity.Recommend

  • chandran
    May 21, 2011 - 4:03PM

    enemy know you better than your friends and this the above story about your PM CHINA VISIT.Recommend

  • May 21, 2011 - 4:41PM

    HHAAHAHAHAHAH……with a single support of china…..the world community went silent..Recommend

  • May 21, 2011 - 5:10PM

    I see so many negative comments from Indian Key Board Warriors disguised behind Pakistani Names.

    I feel like laughing on their childish act.Recommend

  • sabk
    May 21, 2011 - 8:59PM

    long live china pak friend ship…………..Recommend

  • Straight-Talk
    May 21, 2011 - 10:18PM

    Time for realty check
    1. Pakistan is giving its land to construct a rail connecting a port in Pakistan to China and thereby making their journey to Arabina sea only a 48 hour journey which would have taken otherwise 15 days.
    2. Pakistan is offering its shoulder to China to target against USA and China
    3. Pakistan providing a market of 18 crore people to cheap and useless chinese items and laboratory and dumpyard for its newer as well as obsolete technology.
    And what get Pakistan in lieu of above
    1. A few million dollars
    2. Animosity with USA, NATO, western power who are skeptical of China. Also Japan, S. Korea and India who feels threatened with its rising power
    3. A pat in back even after its failure to trace OBL on its own backyard.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 21, 2011 - 11:32PM

    IF we want to follow, we should follow the “V” revolution of China. What is “V” revolution.

    Poor Chinese having only one child. So you have 2 poor partners (parents) and two sets of poor grand parents. Five poor people can save enough money to bring up a single child with the basic essentials (access to education and proper nutrution).

    Pakistani poor families are dominated by uneducated, anti female men. They see power by having multiple children (especially more boys) and have several children. No government or welfare organization can support so many children. These children grow up without proper nutirtion and little of no education.

    If we love China, we should follow Chinese example
    1) One child.
    2) Educate your female child and let her go on her own to cities to make money. Once she made enough money, she marries and then has power in her family.

    Do this and the country will develop. Lack of education is result of our backward cutlure. The Pukhtoon cuture, the village culture in Punab and Sindh and the tribal culture in Balochistan is the rwason we are poor. We need to change ourselves first. Yes follow China. Follow their low Child policy.Recommend

  • Noise
    May 22, 2011 - 2:15AM

    Now we have fallen even deeper into the hands of foreigners.?
    Now we have even less sovereignty and Independence than before, cant you see?. Pakistan is now China’s no.2 client state. no.1 is North Korea. China uses N.korea to keep Japan and South Korea on their toes. China will probably use Pakistan to keep India on its toes. Recommend

  • Wasim
    May 22, 2011 - 3:22AM

    With a superpower standing beside us, Pakistan and China can influence India and prevent it from gaining any control of South Asia. Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    May 22, 2011 - 4:25PM

    We are in a client state mentality arent we….. We aspire for democracy and stand with the biggest tyrant…. beats me!Recommend

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