Pak, China sign MoU for young diplomats' training

Pak, China sign MoU for young diplomats' training

Pak, China sign MoU for young diplomats' training

On Friday, a Chinese defense analyst and a source close to the People's Liberation Army confirmed that China's navy plans to set up a base near the Chinese-built port of Gwadar, Pakistan.

China past year opened its first military overseas base at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. The over $ 50-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor - a key artery of Beijing's Belt and Road project - connects China's Kashgar with Pakistan Gwadar.

The official said China shares some of the concerns of the United States about the terror issue in Pakistan and Washington is seeking to work with Beijing and other regional players to convince Islamabad about the need to crackdown on terror groups.

In June 2017, a Pentagon report had singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base.

Observers say Jiwani could be a pressure tactic by Pakistan as China is already developing Gwadar where earlier reports said Beijing plans to station its marines.

China today denied as "unnecessary" speculation that it was planning to build a military base at Jiwani in Pakistan's Balochistan province close to the strategic Chabahar port, which is being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan.

"China and Pakistan are also making efforts to build the CPEC which is in the common interests of the countries along the route". Last year, spokesperson Hua Chunying called rumors of a potential naval base at Gwadar "irresponsible remarks" and "hearsay".

Approximately 22,000 students from Pakistan are studying in various universities in China, Pakistan's Ambassador to China Masood Khalid said.

"China always opposes linking terrorism with any certain country and we don't agree to place the responsibility of anti-terrorism on a certain country", Lu said.

China's Foreign Ministry immediately defended Pakistan against these allegations.

Speaking further on the issue, he said,"Terrorism is a common enemy for all mankind, and fighting against it needs the collective efforts of the global community".

Commenting on the importance, the Pakistani envoy stated that this MoU shall further strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

In what could be seen as a sign of increasing tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently confirmed that its administration is all set to withhold USD255 million in aid to the south Asian nation.

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