Any plots to sow discord China's ties with Pakistan won't succeed, the Chinese government's top diplomat said on Tuesday, as Beijing fends off criticism of its economic projects in Pakistan and a constraint in China's western Xinjiang region.
China has pledged $57 billion to construct power stations, major highways, new railways and high ability ports on the China-Pakistan Economic corridor, a key a part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Plan to further tie China to Eurasia.
The substantiality of Chinese projects has come under scrutiny in recent months, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July warned that any potential International Monetary fund bailout for Pakistan's troubled economy shouldn't be accustomed pay off Chinese lenders. Both countries say the loans are sustainable.
China welcomes the nice beginning created in its "all-weather" partnership with Pakistan following the election of the new government under Prime Minister Imran Khan, State Counselor Wang Yi told Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
But "any conspiracies trying to provoke or interfere in China-Pakistan relations won't succeed," Wang said, while not elaborating, according to a report published by Chinese daily on Wednesday.
China and Pakistan will make "all-out" efforts to advertise the economic corridor, expand trade and reduce deficiency which will be advantageous to common people of Pakistan, Wang said.
The relationship between China and Pakistan won’t change, no matter what are the circumstances; Qureshi told Wang, reported a Chinese publication.
The Corridor is "extremely important" to Pakistan and has brought "deep impact" for jobs, development and a better life, and Islamabad can take effective measures to make sure the security of entire route, he added.
Beijing has round-faced growing international criticism from rights teams, some western nations and United Nations human rights specialists over its sweeping security stifling within the way western region of state that borders Asian nation.
Islamabad, like most governments of majority Muslim countries, has this far remained silent on the problem, however a bunch of Pakistani businessmen whose Chinese wives and kids are trapped in Xinjiang are lobbying the new government to assist pressure on Beijing into allowing their release.
Beijing says it faces a significant threat from Islamist militants and separatists in Xinjiang and has rejected allegations of exploitation .