China for jointly re­sist­ing for­eign in­ter­fer­ence

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Hav­ing once-in-a-decade change of rul­ing party lead­er­ship be­sides deep-routed strate­gic part­ner­ship with Pak­istan, China en­vis­ages a com­mon "re­sis­tance to for­eign in­ter­fer­ence" in the re­gion.

Briefing a se­lect group of jour­nal­ists at the Chi­nese Em­bassy on Thurs­day, Am­bas­sador Liu Jian un­der­scored the need for a com­mon ground to re­sist, jointly, what he termed as for­eign in­ter­fer­ence.

"We (China and Pak­istan) should sup­port each other in re­sist­ing the for­eign in­fer­ence in the re­gion," he said while an­swer­ing to a ques­tion of China's greater role in col­lec­tive ef­forts for peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

"China ap­pre­ci­ates Pak­istan's con­tri­bu­tion to peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion es­pe­cially in terms of fight­ing ter­ror­ism.

Be­ing a friendly, brotherly and part­ner coun­try China re­alises that Pak­istan has paid a huge price in fight the threat of ter­ror­ism. And we would go to ev­ery pos­si­ble ex­tent to sup­port Pak­istan in its en­deavor to se­cure peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion," the Am­bas­sador main­tained.

He was ex­plain­ing to jour­nal­ists about the doc­u­ment called re­port of the out­go­ing Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Com­mu­nist Party of China when he high­lighted the pur­suit of in­de­pen­dent for­eign pol­icy. "China will unswerv­ingly fol­low the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment and firmly pur­sue an in­de­pen­dent for­eign pol­icy of peace," the Am­bas­sador quoted from the re­port. "We are firm in our re­solve to up­hold China's sovereignty, se­cu­rity, and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests and will never yield to any out­side pres­sure," it added.

Ac­cord­ing to the Am­bas­sador, China would as­sume a greater role in the re­gional and global eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment by as­sist­ing less de­vel­oped coun­tries in­clud­ing Pak­istan. As per the tar­gets fixed in the re­port, a mas­ter plan of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has been launched. "China would continue to fol­low the path of re­forms and bal­anced open­ing up of the econ­omy," the Am­bas­sador said.

Quot­ing from the re­port, he said, it is a chal­lenge for the new lead­er­ship to strike a bal­ance be­tween the re­spon­si­bil­ity of gov­ern­ment and lib­erty of the mar­ket.

Short list­ing ar­eas of fur­ther­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Pak­istan, the Chi­nese top en­voy in the cap­i­tal said en­ergy, In­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, and agri­cul­ture sec­tor were on top pri­or­ity.

Fo­cus­ing on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, we also need to en­hance peo­ple to peo­ple to contact and ce­ment our ties on the cul­tural front. "This is the area where you the me­dia peo­ple could play a vi­tal role in bring­ing the two peo­ple closer," the Am­bas­sador ob­served.

The Am­bas­sador was of the view that Pak­istan and China should fo­cus now the suc­cess be­yond the ex­ist­ing bi­lat­eral Free Trade Agree­ment. "Last year Pak­istan and China signed a cur­rency swap agree­ment that is quite ad­van­ta­geous for the Pak­istani side," he added.

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