China dismisses speculations of military base in Gwadar


Speaking with Geo News, Khalid said that Pakistan and China are already working together in different fields such as energy, infrastructure, industrial parts and Gwadar port development, and the MoU will now mutually benefit both countries in the sectors of education and science. "China always opposed linking terrorism with any certain country and we don't agree to place the responsibility of anti-terrorism on a certain country", said Kang.

"Now it's China." A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman called this report just speculation and guesswork, but now it seems that the naval base will be built. China has invested heavily in Pakistan.

Rebuffing a U.S. suggestion that China should convince Pakistan to crack down on terror, Beijing said it would not be "conducive" to link terrorism with its "all-weather" Islamabad.

It is taking a more active role in that regard. "China also welcomes all the global joint efforts in terms of counter-terrorism on the basis of mutual trust and respect". "That's going to take them back to the same issue which are the sanctuaries in Pakistan", the official said.

"That relationship is already very very strong".

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China's backing for Pakistan came as the U.S. stepped up pressure on Islamabad to eliminate terror safe havens on its soil. So that's one issue.

The US administration had, a few days ago, withheld $1 billion military aid to Pakistan and Trump accused it of providing safe havens to terrorists.

China defends its "iron-brother" Pakistan on the issue of terrorism.

The Trump administration last week suspended almost US$ 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan for its failure to take decisive action against terror groups like the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. Noting that China has taken a more active role in trying to help stabilise Afghanistan, trying to improve relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the official said the USA believes that China is also interested in stability in Pakistan and also for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The tensions between Pakistan and the United States escalated after President Donald Trump, in new year message, said the country has only given "lies and deceit" in exchange of $ 33 billion aid in last 15 years. It may contain error, bugs and other limitations. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.