China asks US to respect Pakistanís sovereignty
CHINA: China has asked the United States to respect Pakistanís
sovereignty, understand its problems, address its concerns and
acknowledge the sacrifices rendered by it in the war against terror.
During a meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here Wednesday,
Chinese Premier Wen Jibao said he had taken up the matter with US
officials during a recent strategic and economic dialogue in Washington,
adding that the Americans had acknowledged Pakistanís contributions to
the war on terror and assured him that their country would take steps to
improve relations with Pakistan.
Mr Jibao said that regardless of changes that might take place in the
international landscape, China and Pakistan would remain forever good
neighbours and good partners. Pakistan and China signed three agreements
on economic and technological cooperation, banking and mining. Talking
to reporters after the meeting, Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan and
China had agreed to bolster defence ties. China promised to help enhance
the capacity of Pakistanís three armed forces.
In the context of the unilateral US operation in which Al Qaeda chief
Osama bin Laden was killed, Mr Jibao categorically stated that his
country supported Pakistanís stance and would help it in implementing
whatever strategy it adopted to combat terrorism. The two sides agreed
to continue cooperation for peace in the region. The Chinese premier
praised Mr Gilaniís decision to accept Indiaís invitation to watch the
cricket world cup semifinal in Mohali and said it would help improve
relations between the two neighbours.
The two countries agreed to continue their consultations on the
Afghan issue. They agreed to support each other on international forums
and continue consultations on UN Security Council reforms.
He said Pakistan would review its counter-terrorism strategy and
relationship with the United States. We will decide rules of business
for any future cooperation with America. Responding to a question, Mr
Gilani denied he had retracted his statement that Osamaís killing was a
great victory. He said Bin Laden was a foreigner who was using Pakistani
soil for acts of terrorism against other countries and had also declared
against Pakistan. He (Osama) was responsible for the killing of
thousands of Pakistanis. The prime minister said the US had assured that
there would be no unilateral attack inside Pakistanís territory in
future. If another high-value target is found in Pakistan a joint
operation will be carried out against him. He quoted US Senator John
Kerry as saying that information about the Abbottabad operation was not
shared because of security reasons and not because of any mistrust.
Answering a question about the recent UN Security Council resolution
on nuclear terrorism, he said that only nuclear terrorists should worry
about it. The Dawn