BEIJING – China on Tuesday sprang to all-weather friend Pakistan’s defence after US President Donald Trump lambasted Pakistan for allegedly providing “safe havens” to militants.
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Accusing Islamabad of harbouring “agents of chaos, violence, and terror” the tycoon-turned-president clarified his intent to increase pressure on the country to stop any re-emergence of safe havens in order to gain regional peace, besides announcing increase of US troops in Afghanistan.
He said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” besides warning that Pakistan had much to lose by providing safe havens to terrorists.
Responding to Trump’s comments regarding Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Pakistan is fighting against terrorism from the front line and it rendered “great sacrifices” in the fight.
“We are happy to see Pakistan and the United States carry out anti-terror cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and work together for security and stability in the region and world.”
“We hope relevant US policies can help promote the security, stability and development of Afghanistan and the region,” Hua said.
China and Pakistan consider each other “all-weather friends” and enjoy close relation in different spheres including diplomatic, economic and security.