Vastavam web: China today asked the US to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and backed its all-weather ally for being on the “forefront” of the fight against terrorism, amid reports that the Trump administration is exploring tough measures against Islamabad for harboring militant groups.”Pakistan is an important country in South Asia. Peace, stability and economic development in Pakistan serves the interest of regional countries and people,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here.”Pakistan is on the forefront of global fight against terrorism. It has been firmly opposing terrorism and it has made important sacrifice and contribution to fighting terrorism and maintaining regional security and stability,” Geng said.
The foreign ministry spokesman said the international community should acknowledge that and support the counter terrorism efforts made by Pakistan on the basis of respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan.Media reports, quoting US officials, said potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally.Asked about reports from Pakistan that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is likely to visit Pakistan and Afghanistan this weekend to defuse tensions between the two neighbours, Geng said China continue to have friendly exchanges with the two countries but declined to confirm reports about Wang s visit.
“Pakistan and Afghanistan are China’s neighbours. We have friendly relations with the two counties as well as high-level exchanges. So, if we have any information we will release in due course,” he said.