Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

China kick starts peace mission on Afghanistan

China kick starts peace mission on Afghanistan

With the United States expected to authorise India's purchase of naval drones, a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any U.S. military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its neighbour Pakistan.

Afghanistan in recent months has alleged that Pakistan is carrying out destabilisation and terrorist activities inside the country.

The Chinese side hoped Afghanistan and Pakistan could maintain stable and sound relations, and was willing to provide necessary assistance in this regard based on the needs of both the sides.

During the visit, the two countries agreed to establish the bilateral Crisis Management Mechanism, Geng said.

According to the Dawn, the Chinese and Pakistani delegations focused their discussions on the prevailing situation in Afghanistan and the relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Chinese side would support this mechanism.

In Pakistan on Saturday, Wang said counter-terrorism was an important part of China's relations with Pakistan and he thanked Pakistan "for its firm support for China's fight against the violent terrorist group the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement", China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The three parties called on the Afghan Taliban to join the reconciliation process on an early date.

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Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, and Chinese special Envoy for Afghan Affairs Deng Xijun besides other senior officials, were also present.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today held talks with Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz here on a range of bilateral issues as well as the situation in Afghanistan. With India, we're building that strategic partnership.

He said that they had also agreed that the experience of past 15 years had clearly shown that the Afghan conflict could not be resolved only through military means.

"We will conduct shuttle diplomacy to help improve relations between the two countries within our capacity and also to promote the peace process in Afghanistan", Geng said.

Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under US President Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear programme.

On China-Pakistan ties, Wang said that Islamabad is Beijing's all-weather strategic cooperative partner and the relationship is a unique one.

Wang also hailed Pakistan's important contribution to the worldwide counter terrorism cause as it is in the frontline of global fight against terror. Both countries agree that terrorism is a common challenge.

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