BEIJING: China on Tuesday jumped to the defence of its all-weather ally Pakistan in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s warning to it over providing safe havens to “terrorists”, saying that Islamabad is at the frontline of combating terrorism.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while reacting to Trump’s comments on Pakistan, said, “Hope the relevant policy decision by US side will be conducive to promoting security, stability of the relevant region.”
“(On) President Trump’s remarks on Pakistan, I should say that Pakistan is at the frontline of fighting terrorism, has made sacrifices in fighting terrorism, making an important contribution to upholding peace and stability,” Hua said, strongly defending Beijing’s all-weather friend.
“I think the international community should truly affirm the efforts by Pakistan in combating terrorism,” Hua said. “We are pleased to see US and Pakistan to conduct cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts on the basis of mutual respect and contribute to the global peace and stability.”
On Trump indicating deepening ties with India, Hua said China is happy to see the development of normal and friendly relations between the two countries as long as such a relationship does not harm other countries and is conducive to regional development. Asked about the impact of Trump’s decision to follow a more proactive policy in Afghanistan on China, Hua said, “We hope that the Trump administration’s policy adjustment will be conducive to promoting peace and stability in South Asia. China closely follows Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. We think the stable relations between the two countries will also be helpful.”