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China rethinks, nuzzles Pakistan after BRICS remarks

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By NP Newsroom

Days after joining BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations in condemning Pakistan-based terror groups including JeM and LeT, China today tried to appease its all-weather friend by saying ‘good brother and iron friend’ Islamabad had ‘done its best’ to fight terrorism.

In a joint press conference after meeting his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said no one understood Pakistan better than China.

“When it comes to the issue of counter-terrorism, we believe Pakistan has done its best with a clear conscience. In comparison, some countries need to give Pakistan the full credit it deserves,” Wang Yi said.

“Pakistan is a good brother and iron friend of China. No one knows Pakistan and understands Pakistan better than China. For years Pakistan has been a victim of terror, and more importantly Pakistan is an important participant in the international cooperation against terrorism,” he added.

Beijing had invited Khwaja Asif for an official visit, just after the conclusion of BRICS Summit in Xiamen where the five-member bloc named Pakistan-based anti-India terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed in its joint declaration.  India saw the move as a victory but independent analysts say China was “just saying it like it is”.

 

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