China says regime change in Pakistan will not impact bilateral ties: reports

In a key political development, China said on Monday that the political regime change in Pakistan will not affect relations between the two countries. Speaking at a regular press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that Beijing, as a close neighbor and staunch friend, sincerely hopes that all parties in Pakistan will remain united. and will work together to ensure the stability and prosperity of the country. Lijian stressed that no matter how the political situation in Pakistan develops, China will continue its policy of unswerving support for its neighboring country. world times reported.

According to the report, experts from both countries expressed optimism about the future of China-Pakistan relations, believing that the new government would respect the country’s long history of safeguarding friendship with China and all Sino-Pakistani cooperation projects. They also believe that the strong relations between the two nations will not be affected by internal political changes in Pakistan, as the safeguarding and development of bilateral relations is a collective consensus of all parties and factions in Pakistan. According to Qian Feng, director of the research department of the National Institute of Strategy at Tsinghua University, Pakistan’s recent political transition is mainly caused by political party struggles as well as economic and livelihood issues. .

China-Pakistan relations

The Dominion of Pakistan was one of the first countries to end official diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and recognize the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in mainland China in 1950. Since then, the two countries place great value on maintaining a privileged, very close and supportive relationship. The two countries have regularly exchanged high-level visits, paving the way for a number of agreements.

Pakistan has received monetary, military and technical aid from the PRC, and the two countries consider themselves a close strategic partner. Diplomatic relations between the two countries began in 1950, territorial disputes were settled in 1963, military support began in 1966, a strategic alliance was formed in 1972, and economic cooperation began in 1979. Meanwhile, China has also overtaken the United States as Pakistan’s main armament. supplier and third business partner.

Political unrest in Pakistan

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan plunged into a constitutional crisis on April 3 when Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri rejected the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan without a vote. On April 7, Pakistan’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Suri’s decision to reject the no-confidence motion was unconstitutional and reinstated the National Assembly. Later, in the early hours of Sunday, April 10, the National Assembly passed the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan. Notably, opposition candidate and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are in the running to become Pakistan’s new prime minister.

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