White House: China can convince Pakistan about crackdown on terror

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

Pakistan ambassador Masood Khalid and President of China Foreign Affairs University Qin Yaqing signed the MoU on behalf of their countries. Beijing says Islamabad has made sacrifices and done a fabulous job in fighting terrorism.

Pakistan's move to allow Chinese currency is not a dramatic policy change, as the yuan is already accepted by many Pakistani companies, said Dong Dengxin, director of Finance and Securities Institute at Wuhan University of Science and Technology. "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.

"Actually, China is defending countries that have been making anti-terrorism efforts in a just and fair way. All countries shall enhance counter-terrorism cooperation and benefit from synergy while bearing in mind mutual respect and equality, rather than hurling accusations and pressurizing upon each other which works against the worldwide community cooperating effectively against terrorism", he said.

But he said it could be a backup plan in response to the Indo-Pacific strategy of the United States and its allies. "Like I said, China supports and actively participates in the worldwide counter-terrorism cooperation that is built on mutual respect and equality".

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Giving out a strong message to Pakistan, she said: "That game is not acceptable to this administration".

China has been vocal in extending support to Pakistan since US President Donald Trump stepped up criticism against Islamabad for providing safe havens for terrorists.

The Global Times quoted a Washington Times report that China is in talks with Pakistan to build its second overseas military base as part of a push for greater maritime capabilities along strategic sea routes. "This placement on special watch list is a new categorization and we would be seeking clarification from the USA regarding its rationale and implications". Pakistan is firmly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights including the right of religious freedom, under its Constitution.

While the official Chinese media said Trump piling pressure on Pakistan may push it closer to Beijing, analysts here point to already existing close ties between the two countries. "Cracking down of terrorism calls for the joint efforts from the worldwide community", he said.

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