According to a new report, China defended Pakistan after the US President Donald Trump stated the US could no longer be quiet about Pakistan’s “safe havens” for militants and warned it had plenty to lose by continuing to “harbour terrorists”.
US president committed the US to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, indicating he would send in more troops to the longest war of the country and vowing “a fight to win”.
He also stressed that other than the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies establish their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict.
Trump had some harsh words for Pakistan about the United States’ Afghanistan strategy. He criticized Pakistan for giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.”
He praised India as “the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States” while just noting that “in the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended Pakistan. She stated Pakistan was on the front line in the war against terrorism. The country has made “great sacrifices” and “important contributions” she noted.
“We believe that the international community should fully recognise Pakistan’s anti-terrorism. We are happy to see Pakistan and the United States carry out anti-terror cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and work together for security and stability in the region and world.”