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China Defends Pakistan After Trump Criticism


Beijing  –   China on Tuesday, defended its ally, Pakistan after U.S. President Donald Trump said that U.S. could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s “safe havens” for militants.

Trump had warned saying that Pakistan had much to lose by continuing to “harbour terrorists”.

Trump on Monday committed the U.S. to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war and vowing “a fight to win”.

Trump insisted that Afghan Government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies stepped up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict, but he saved his sharpest words for Pakistan.

Senior U.S. officials warned that security assistance for Pakistan could be reduced unless the nuclear-armed nation cooperated more in preventing militants from using safe havens on its soil.

Critics said that Pakistan sees militants such as the Taliban as useful tools to limit the influence of old rival, India.

Pakistan, however, denied allowing militants refuge on its territory, saying it took action against all groups.

Asked about Trump’s speech, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Pakistan was on the front line in the struggle against terrorism and had made “great sacrifices” and “important contributions” in the fight.

“We believe that the international community should fully recognise Pakistan’s anti-terrorism.

“We are happy to see Pakistan and the U.S. carry out anti-terror cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and work together for security and stability in the region and world,” she said.

The spokesperson told a daily news briefing that China and Pakistan considered each other “all-weather friends” and had close diplomatic, economic and security ties.

“We hope the relevant U.S. policies can help promote the security, stability and development of Afghanistan and the region.”(Reuters/NAN)

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