China was quick to defend its ally Pakistan after Trump’s warning that the US could no longer remain silent about Pakistan's ‘safe havens’ for terrorists.
Asked about Trump's speech, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said Pakistan was on the front line in the struggle against terrorism and had made ‘great sacrifices’ and ‘important contributions’ in the fight.
’We believe that the international community should fully recognize Pakistan's anti-terrorism,’ she said at a daily briefing.
’We are happy to see Pakistan and the United States carry out anti-terror cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and work together for security and stability in the region and world’
China and Pakistan consider each other as ‘all-weather friends’ and have close diplomatic, economic and security ties.
China has its own security concerns in the region, in particular any links between terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Islamist groups, that China blames for violence in its far western region of Xinjiang.
’We hope the relevant U.S. policies can help promote the security, stability and development of Afghanistan and the region,’ Hua said.