China will play a helpful role in convincing Pak for dismantling terror safe havens

Vastavam web: With the Trump administration determined to eliminate terror safe havens in Pakistan, the US is hoping that China will play a helpful role in convincing its close ally that it is in its national interest to crackdown on these sanctuaries, a senior White House official has said.The official said that dismantling terrorist safe havens in Pakistan is key to bring stability in Afghanistan and in the region.The economic relationship is also growing with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” the senior administration official said on condition of anonymity

“But, China shares some of the concerns of the US about the terrorism problem. The US is seeking to work with other regional players and China would be one of the main ones to deal with this issue. It won’t serve China’s interests to have terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan,” the official said.”Ultimately, China is also working towards a stable Afghanistan. That’s going to take them back to the same issue which are the sanctuaries in Pakistan,” the official said

China-Pakistan relationship is already very strong and appeared unconcerned over reports that the US’ decision to freeze approximately USD 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan would push Islamabad towards Beijing, the official added.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 US believes that China is also interested in stability in Pakistan and also for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

“Ultimately if they want to see stability in the region, and I think they do, they also will have an interest in seeing Pakistan crack down on the Haqqani and Taliban network,” the senior administration official said.The Trump administration has suspended about USD 2 billion in security aid to Pakistan for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network terror groups and dismantle their safe havens.