PM Khan appreciates China’s support on JK

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – December 2, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan deeply appreciated, Tuesday, China’s principled support on Jammu and Kashmir (JK) in the wake of India’s unilateral and illegal actions of August 5, 2019.

According to a press release, China’s defence minister (DM) general Wei Fenghe, along with his delegation, met with PM Khan, in the federal capital.

The PM underlined the serious threat posed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dispensation through belligerent actions, discriminatory measures against Indian minorities, and harshest steps to curb all the freedoms of innocent Kashmiris in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

These and other steps highlighted India’s hegemonic designs and expansionist agenda, which was imperilling peace and stability in the region.

PM Khan emphasised that Pakistan-China ties remain an anchor for peace and stability in the region and beyond, and that both countries may further deepen strategic communication and coordination to deal with the emerging challenges and threats.

Welcoming Chinese DM general Fenghe’s visit to Pakistan, the PM underscored the importance of regular high-level exchanges, even in the time of Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

He stressed that the two countries were bound by ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ based on mutual trust, understanding and commonality of views.

PM Khan reiterated that Pakistan firmly adheres to one-China policy and supports China on issues of its core national interest.

Chinese DM general Fenghe conveyed warm greetings of Chinese president Xi Jinping and Chinese premier Li Keqiang to the PM and underscored the importance the Chinese leadership attached to China’s relations with Pakistan.

PM Khan warmly reciprocated the greetings and recalled his past meetings and exchanges with Chinese president Jinping and Chinese premier Keqiang.

He appreciated China’s development model that lifted millions of people out of poverty, and added that Pakistan wishes to emulate the same.

PM Khan appreciated China’s consistent support to Pakistan in pursuit of Pakistan’s national development goals.

He underscored that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a signature project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), was transformational and stressed that the economic and social impact of CPEC on the region will be substantial and beneficial.

Chinese DM general Fenghe underlined that Pakistan was China’s close friend, good neighbour and ‘iron brother’.

Underscoring the depth and breadth of China-Pakistan ties, he conveyed Chinese leadership’s firm commitment to further strengthen China-Pakistan ties in a host of areas.

Chinese DM general Fenghe maintained that both countries needed to make collective efforts to protect and promote their common interests.

He underlined that the South Asia and Arabian Sea region needed peace, stability, economic development and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in advancing these goals.

The visiting dignitary is leading a high-level delegation to Pakistan on a three-day official visit, the visit is aimed at further solidifying and expanding Pakistan-China ties.