Pak­istan-China-Afghanistan: Tri­lat­eral Dialouge for Re­gional Peace and Pros­per­ity

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor's Note - Muham­mad Asif Noor

egional dy­nam­ics are chang­ing with the fast pace. New ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing One Belt One Road(OBOR) and Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive (BRI) are slowly and steadily trans­form­ing the eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and strate­gic out­look of the entire hori­zon. Re­cent For­eign Min­is­ter’s Pak­istan and China in Beijing is an­other such step in the di­rec­tion to build syn­er­gies between the coun­tries for the re­gional peace and se­cu­rity. With mount­ing pres­ence of ISIS, ter­ror­ism and other non state ac­tors, rise in the proxy wars amongst state are the source of ten­sion and griev­ance for the or­di­nary peo­ple. Hav­ing high level of po­ten­tial, the coun­tries of the re­gion have far less than the po­ten­tial trade vol­ume, hin­der­ing the growth and to­geth­er­ness to the level that can be achieved but re­mained as dis­tant dream till this day. Role of ma­jor power like China, has con­tin­ued to re­main based on di­a­logue, peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and in­clu­sive. China’s ap­proach to­wards the re­gion is to en­cour­age coun­tries to re­solve their dis­putes in peace­ful man­ner for fu­ture pros­per­ity, de­velop trust es­pe­cially to ad­dress the dead­lock between Pak­istan and Afghanistan. Keep­ing in view the ideals of Pres­i­dent Xi-Jin­ping of peace­ful co-ex­is­tence, Beijing hosted the tri­lat­eral di­a­logue between the For­eign Min­is­ters of Afghanistan, Pak­istan and China early this week. China’s role has re­mained as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor dur­ing th­ese di­a­logue ini­tia­tives and it has al­ways encouraged the states to dis­course and ar­gue sub­jects of con­ver­gences and di­ver­gences hence to move ahead with a com­mon strat­egy of peace and pros­per­ity for the entire re­gion. China’s role has re­mained im­por­tant in pro­mot­ing the talks between the two “un­easy” neigh­bors hav­ing trou­ble­some ties for the last seven decades. The main ob­jec­tive of this moot was also to de­velop a joint ac­tion plan for ex­chang­ing views and in­for­ma­tion re­lated to de­vel­op­ment, con­nec­tiv­ity, se­cu­rity, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process with Tal­iban and joint ef­forts for counter-ter­ror­ism. Dur­ing the sum­mit, the im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment that needs to be high­lighted here is the case in point of in­clud­ing the Afghan Tal­iban in the main­stream di­a­logue process. As a re­sult of the widen­ing gap between Pak­istan and Afghanistan dur­ing the past several months, this was a welcome move. Both sides were ac­cus­ing each other for sup­port­ing the in­sur­gent Tal­iban com­bat­ing the US sup­ported Kabul gov­ern­ment, for a while. Afghanistan is ac­cus­ing Pak­istan for the sup­port Afghanistan while Pak­istan is blam­ing Afghanistan for not been able to put its

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