China presents 8 points agenda on Afghanistan

Monitoring Desk
Thursday - December 28, 2017
BEIJING (China): Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Hua Chunying, on Wednesday, said, “At present, Afghanistan is at a crucial stage of transformation and Pakistan is entering a critical period for stability and development, while China is vigorously advancing the belt and road initiative” asserting “We regard Afghanistan and Pakistan as important cooperation partners and stand ready to make positive contributions to stability, security and development in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region at large.”

She added, “The first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan foreign ministers’ dialogue, which was held in Beijing on Tuesday, produced a series of important consensus, as illustrated by Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi when he jointly met the press with Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif” highlighting “There is an 8-point consensus.”

Hua informed, “First, the three parties will work to deepen the trilateral cooperation in accordance with the principle of mutual respect, equal-footed consultation and win-win results under the framework of the foreign ministers' dialogue.”

She educated, “Second, the three parties agreed to achieve four goals, namely supporting the peace reconstruction and reconciliation efforts of Afghanistan; assisting Afghanistan and Pakistan in improving their relations; promoting common security of the three countries and the region at large; and advancing regional connectivity and cooperation on the belt and road initiative.

Hua cultured, “Third, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to expedite the improvement of the bilateral relations for harmonious coexistence.”

She cultivated, “Fourth, the three parties reiterated their commitment to an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned reconciliation process.”

Hua nurtured, “Fifth, Afghanistan and Pakistan reaffirmed their support for China’s belt and road initiative. They expressed their willingness to align their respective development strategies with the belt and road initiative and discuss trilateral cooperation under the belt and road framework.”

She fostered, “Sixth, China and Pakistan will jointly launch assistance projects for Afghanistan in areas concerning people’s livelihood like medical care and health, human resources and agriculture.”

Hua mentioned, “Seventh, the three parties agreed to, in accordance with the consensus reached through the trilateral vice-ministerial consultation mechanism on counter-terrorism and security, enhance counter-terrorism coordination and cooperation in an effort to combat all terrorist organizations and individuals without any distinction of any sort.”

She highlighted, “Eighth, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to strengthen communication between the Afghan ulema council and the Pakistani ulema council and prevent the spread and dissemination of religious extremism.”

Hua said that the foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan expressed their appreciation for China’s initiative to host this round of dialogue, China’s continuous contribution to the development of Afghanistan and Pakistan and regional stability, and China’s positive role in helping the two sides establish mutual trust and improve relations.”

She hoped, “They will take this dialogue as an opportunity to advance trilateral connectivity and practical cooperation under the belt and road framework” adding “China is pleased with the outcomes of this dialogue, in particular with its role in strengthening dialogues, improving relations, building mutual trust and promoting cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Hua said, “As Yi said to the press on Tuesday, that China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) targets no third party” reiterating “Instead, it is expected to benefit not just the third parties and the entire region.”

She mentioned, “Afghanistan is an important neighbor to China and Pakistan. It keenly aspires to develop its economy, improve people’s livelihood, integrate with the regional connectivity process, and leverage its geographic advantage to connect the CPEC with the China-central and western Asia economic corridor.”

Hua continued, “In order to realise a larger-scale connectivity under the belt and road framework, the three parties agreed to proceed in incremental steps from easy and small projects to more difficult and bigger ones and identify concrete cooperation projects through equal-footed consultations to achieve common development and security as well as regional peace and stability” asserting “This is in line with the common needs and interests of the three countries. Trilateral dialogue and cooperation does not target any third party and shall be free from any external disruption or disturbance.”

She said, “As regards to India-Pakistan tussle on the CPEC issue, we have stated our position multiple times. The CPEC does not target any third party. Instead, it is expected to bring benefits to a third party. It is an economic cooperation project and should not be politicised. It has nothing to do and is not supposed to have anything to do with the existing disputes in the region, including territorial disputes” adding “Afghanistan and Pakistan are China’s traditional friends, close neighbors and strategic partners. We are bound by mountains and rivers as well as intertwined interests and cultural exchanges. It is only natural for the three neighbors to step up dialogue and cooperation.”

Hua concluded, “Stronger dialogue and cooperation serves the common interests of the three parties and helps maintain regional peace and stability.”