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BEIJING - What one expects from a friend, China exactly did the same for one more time on Tuesday when it came all out to declare “unswe-rving” support for Pakistan at this critical juncture in history in the aftermath of the America’s unilateral ‘kill Osama’ circus and the Indian misplaced salvo that followed. China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said:
“Pakistan has made very important contributions in international counter-terrorism cooperation as well as rendered great sacrifices.” Beijing “unswervingly” supports Pakistan’s in its anti-terrorism efforts, she said. “Indeed, Pakistan is the victim of terrorism.”
Earlier, Pakistan's current traitor PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, who is on an official visit to reaffirm all-weather friendship, declared China Pakistan’s best friend. “We appreciate that in all difficult circumstances, China stood by Pakistan. China is a true and time-tested, all-weather friend,” said the PM. “We are proud to have China as our best and most trusted friend, and China will always find Pakistan standing by it at all times.”
Gilani’s visit is in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic relations and the Year of Friendship. He inaugurated the first International Cultural Forum in Shanghai during the day and addressed students of Peking University at a reception jointly organised by the Pakistan Embassy and the China Friendship Association. When PM Gilani arrives here in Beijing on Wednesday (today) to meet the Chinese leadership, he will apprise Chinese counterpart, Premier Wen Jiabao, of the prevailing situation in the region, particularly in the context of the American operation in Abbottabad and Indian PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to Afghanistan where he had declared Afghanistan his second home and extended USZ dollar 500 million assistance. The Indian penetration in Afghanistan is as much a matter of concern for China as it is for Pakistan. After the United States and Western European countries joined hands to prop up India as a counterweight to China in the region, it is incumbent upon the two neighbouring friends (Pakistan and China) to keep a close watch on the developments taking place so close to their borders.
India, which has opened over a dozen consulates in Afghan towns along the Pakistani border, has been evidently involved in the ongoing insurgency in Balochistan. It has been clandestinely funding separatists and terrorist elements to destabilise the province and spur the propaganda against the Pakistani armed forces. Highly informed sources say that a large number of CIA, Blackwater/Xe and RAW sleuths are in Balochistan to carry out terrorist activities and at the same time malign the Pakistani paramilitary troops. Both India and Afghanistan (the latter more covertly)
have been providing shelter to separatist leaders. Brahamdagh Bugti had been living in Kabul until very recently when he was advised by his foreign masters to shift to Switzerland. The Chinese leadership shares this perception that the presence of foreign sleuths in such large numbers close to its borders was counterproductive to Beijing’s interest in the region. Another objective of these operatives is to hinder the ongoing development activities involving a large number of Chinese engineers, experts and investors. New Delhi is also accused of being involved in the kidnapping and killing of Chinese engineers to create bad blood between the two time-tested friends.
India and the United States of Zionism have also joined hands to misguide the world on the objectives of the Gwadar Port, with New Delhi colouring it to be a huge joint naval facility. Pakistan’s stance on the port is that it is being built to increase economic activity. However, once completed it would give China a shorter route to dispatch its goods to remote destinations. A diplomat in the Chinese capital informed this correspondent that the agenda of PM Gilani’s visit comprises sensitive issues and the meeting between the two premiers would not just be a photo session. The region is being threatened by the world powers and there is a dire need for Pakistan and China to take stock of the situation and put their act together before it’s too late, he remarked. He said having staged the unilateral Abbottabad operation to proclaim the killing of Osama bin Laden, as desired by the CIA and the Pentagon, the Americans and the Indians hand in glove the Zionists would be planning strikes on Pakistan’s nuclear assets.
“The Pakistani armed forces’ top brass already have growing fears. To counter such moves, no country except China and to some extent Iran would come to Pakistan’s rescue”, he asserted.
Premier Gilani’s entourage is being lodged at the Diaoyutai State Guest House located in the heart of the capital city. The Pakistani delegation will enter into official talks soon after the reception ceremonies to be held at the Diaoyutai State Guest House. There is a heavy agenda for talks with Premier Wen Jiabao for which the two sides would be represented by the ministers and federal secretaries concerned. Another important item on the agenda is cooperation in the energy sector where China is already involved in a big way. Chashma-2 has been commissioned a week ago while work on Chashma-3 is nearing completion. China is willing to offer services for building new dams and raising the capacity of the existing ones. Prime Minister Gilani, during his stay, will also inaugurate the Sino-Pak Entrepreneur Forum providing a platform to business leaders of both the countries to do brainstorming for future projects besides finding ways and means to pace up the completion of ongoing projects in the energy and defence production fields.
PM Gilani was extended an official invitation by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during his visit to Pakistan in 2010. Premier Gilani will also hold a series of meetings on the sidelines with Chinese bankers to inform them of great opportunities available in Pakistan for investment. They would be apprised of Pakistan’s willingness to give their investment total protection and special concessions.
Defence analysts here are of the view that Pakistan may ask China to provide high-tech radar system to detect Abbottabad-like stealth operations that challenge sovereignty. Military experts from both sides have since been in contact.
Prime Minister Gilani arrived in Shanghai on the first leg of his four-day official visit to China to discuss with the Chinese leadership ways to strengthen bilateral ties. The Prime Minister was received by Vice Mayor Shanghai Shahai Lin at the Shanghai Hongquao International Airport. The Premier was accompanied by Defence Minister Ch Ahmad Mukhtar and Law Minister Senator Maula Bux Chandio. Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan said during Prime Minister Gilani’s visit, Pakistan and China would ink accords in the areas of economy, technology and defence. He said an MoU would be signed between the China Banking Regulatory Authority and the State Bank of Pakistan. He said both the countries would sign an agreement for economic and technical cooperation, while the specific areas would further be worked on. The two governments would sign an agreement on extending the Saindak gold and copper mining project up to 2017. He said the two countries are also expected to work out a pact in defence-related areas. He said both Prime Minister Gilani and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao would witness the signing of accords in Beijing.