- China’s Premier Xi Jinping urges India and Pakistan to improve their strained ties.
- Pakistan is China’s all-weather friend and have always firmly supported each other’s core interests.
- India did not attend the forum for the second time as New Delhi continues to protest the economic corridor which is being laid through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
- India is also pressuring China to help list Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
At the Pakistan and China Investment Forum, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan raked up the Kashmir issue and hoped that the relationship between Islamabad and India would improve after the elections.
China’s Premier Xi Jinping expressed hope of his two neighbours- India and Pakistan- improving their strained ties. Following the Pulwama attack of February 14 and the pre-emptive action by the Indian Air Force, relationship between the two countries turned war-like.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan said “We want to build a civilized relationship with our eastern neighbour and there is a possibility that if we can resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue, things can improve”.
He highlighted China as a friend. Xi said China firmly supports Pakistan.
Xi Jinping said “No matter how international and regional situations change, China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and national dignity, choosing its own development path suited to its national conditions, combating terrorism and extremist forces, striving for a sound external security environment, and playing a constructive role in international and regional affairs.”
Xi added that the two countries were making more efforts to advance the all-weather strategic cooperation.
“Pakistan is China’s all-weather strategic cooperative partner, China and Pakistan are iron friends and have always firmly supported each other’s core interests” said Jinping
India didn’t attend the forum for the second time as New Delhi continues to protest the economic corridor which is being laid through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
Meanwhile, India is also pressuring China to help list Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist under the 1267 sanctions committee. Reports state that the USA and China are engaged in intense negotiations on the issue as Washington awaits Beijing’s stand on the issue. JeM had taken responsibility for the Pulwana attacks that had claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers.