China defends Pakistan’s anti-terror role after Trump’s tirade
BEIJING: A day after US President Donald Trumped accused Pakistan of "lies and deceit", China defended Islamabad’s role saying the world community should acknowledge its "outstanding contribution" to counter terrorism.
Trump had on Monday accused Pakistan of fooling US leaders while sheltering terrorists.
"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools," Trump tweeted yesterday.
"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!", he said while ignoring sacrifices of Pakistani nation.
"Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has made very outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter terrorism. The international community should acknowledge that," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said here when asked about Trump's criticism of Pakistan.
He said China is glad to see Pakistan engaging in international cooperation, including counter terrorism, on the basis of mutual respect so as to contribute to regional peace and stability.
"China and Pakistan are all weather partners. We stand ready to promote and deepen our all-round cooperation so as to bring benefits to the two sides," Geng said.
During the first ever trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan here last week, Beijing had announced plans to extend the CPEC to Afghanistan.
Asked whether Trump's criticism would affect China's efforts to bring peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Geng said "We believe as neighbours China, Pakistan and Afghanistan are closely linked not only geographically but also in terms of common interests. It is natural for us to enhance communication and exchanges".
He said during the December 26 trilateral meet, the three countries "reached a lot of consensus" on cooperation. This included the three nations enhancing cooperation on counter terrorism and fighting against terrorism in all forms and manifestations. "The parties will enhance cooperation in this regard," Geng said.
China has come up to Pakistan’s defence whenever the US has questioned its strategy and policy to fight terror.