United States pins hope on China to tackle Pak terror camps

Anti-terrorism efforts cannot involve finger-pointing, China says after US criticised Pakistan

Anti-terrorism efforts cannot involve finger-pointing, China says after US criticised Pakistan

China a year ago opened its first military overseas base at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Observers say Jiwani could be a pressure tactic by Pakistan as China is already developing Gwadar where earlier reports said Beijing plans to station its marines. "We have asked our Chinese brothers to please build a naval base at Gwadar", defense minister Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar told the FT at the time.

He said both the institutions enjoyed deep-rooted friendly relations and informed that Pakistan's young diplomats were sent to learn Chinese language, culture and history in this university.

He said that building of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and both China and Pakistan were also making efforts to build the CPEC which was in the common interest of people and the countries along the route.

The Chinese official media is highlighting reports that Pakistan may allow China to build a military base at Jiwani located close to Iran's Chabahar port, which is being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan. Last year, spokesperson Hua Chunying called rumors of a potential naval base at Gwadar "irresponsible remarks" and "hearsay".

The spokesperson further said Pakistan's construction industry had witnessed a boom, mainly due to CPEC as cement, steel and other raw materials were consumed by Chinese companies for construction projects. "That's going to take them back to the same issue which are the sanctuaries in Pakistan", the official said.

The MoU was signed by Ambassador Khalid and President of China Foreign Affairs Studies University, Qin Yaqing.

China Monday made it clear that it is opposed to the U.S. "finger pointing" at Pakistan and linking its all-weather ally with terrorism, insisting that the responsibility of combating terror outfits can not be placed on a particular country. "It has made a prominent contribution to global anti-terror efforts, and the worldwide community should fully recognize this", said spokesperson Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing. He hoped that the cooperation between the two friendly countries would further grow in future.

In what could be seen as a sign of increasing tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently confirmed that its administration is all set to withhold USD255 million in aid to the south Asian nation.

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