China: Conspiracies to Disturb Pak-China Relations Will Not Work
On Tuesday, the Chinese government declared that any schemes to sow discord in China’s good relations with Pakistan will not succeed. Beijing said as it fend off criticism for proceeding with its economic projects in Pakistan and a clampdown in China’s western Xinjiang region.
Earlier, China had pledged $57 billion to build power stations, new railways, major highways, and high capacity ports, along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road plan to further tie China to Eurasia.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo warned in July that any potential International Monetary Fund bailout that are initially taken for Pakistan’s crippling economy should not be used to pay Chinese lenders for maintaining Chinese projects. Both Islamabad and Beijing say that the loans are sustainable.
China recently welcomed the new “all-weather” partnership with Pakistan after the appointment of PM Imran Khan, as well as the new government, said State Councillor Wang Yi to the Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
However, Wang also mentioned that “any conspiracies attempting to incite disharmony or interfere in China-Pakistan relations will not prevail,” according to a statement released by China’s foreign ministry. The statement did not mention where the interference was coming from, and only released this statement on Wednesday.
Wang also added that both China and Pakistan should continue to make every effort to promote trade, expand the corridor and eliminate poverty in Pakistan.
According to China’s statement, Qureshi also reassured Wang that the situation between the two neighboring countries will not change, regardless of the situation.
Qureshi further added that the improving of corridor is marked extremely important to Pakistan and has managed to bring more job opportunities for the citizens. Islamabad is also set to take effective steps to assure the security of the whole route.