Imran Khan says Pakistan under 'pressure' from US over China relations, vows never to buckle

Islamabad:   Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that Pakistan was under "pressure" from the US and other Western powers ove...

Islamabad:  Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that Pakistan was under "pressure" from the US and other Western powers over his country's all-weather ties with China and vowed to never buckle under pressure.

Pakistan and China enjoy a "very special relationship" spanning over 70 years and nothing could change these time-tested ties, Imran said in an interview with China's English-language State-broadcaster China Global Television Network (CGTN), an excerpt of which was shared on his Instagram account.

Talking about the evolving regional rivalry between the US and China, Imran said that "Pakistan thinks it is very unfair for the US or other powers – western power" to pressurise "countries like us to take sides" in a conflict with China.

"Why should we take sides? We should have good relations with everyone. It is not going to happen if pressure is put on Pakistan to change its relationship or downgrade its relationship with China, it wouldn’t happen," Imran said.

Emphasising the deep relationship with China, Imran said that Pakistan would never bend under any kind of pressure. "Whatever will happen, our relationship between the two countries, no matter what pressure is put on us, is not going to change," he said.

He said that there was a "strange, great rivalry" taking place in the region which was public knowledge.

"You see the United States being wary of China. The way United States and China are looking at each other creates problems because what the United States is doing is it''s formed this regional alliance called the Quad, which is US, India and a couple of other countries," Imran said.

The Quad or Quadrilateral alliance consisting of the US, India, Japan and Australia has been resolving to uphold a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific amid growing Chinese assertiveness in the region.

Responding to a question about how to further deepen Sino-Pakistan ties, Imran said that the two sides enjoyed strong political ties but the relationship was not only limited to official relations but it was also "people to people relationship".

He said trade was important to increase ties in future and termed the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the "biggest thing happening in Pakistan".

The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Pakistan's Balochistan with China's Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of China's ambitious multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Highlighting the 70 years of diplomatic ties, Imran said China always stood with Pakistan, which "always had a very special relationship with China".

He said that China "always stood with us" whenever Pakistan was in trouble politically or internationally or in a conflict with its neighbour, in an apparent reference to India.

"In good times, everyone stands with you but in your difficult, tough times, bad times, you remember those people who stood by you. That's why you will find that in Pakistan, people always have a special fondness for people in China," he said.

Read Also
Name

Article,3,ASE News,2,BBC News - Technology,44,Business,23,codecanyon,3,DPR,1,Education / Employment,1,Entertainment,10,General knowledge,2,IANS – The Siasat Daily,8,IFTTT,49,India news,508,Latest news,1,Madhy Pradesh,465,main,19,National,162,News,1,PTI – The Siasat Daily,3,Sports,11,themeforest,1,World,22,World News,185,
ltr
item
India World News: Imran Khan says Pakistan under 'pressure' from US over China relations, vows never to buckle
Imran Khan says Pakistan under 'pressure' from US over China relations, vows never to buckle
India World News
https://www.asenews.page/2021/06/imran-khan-says-pakistan-under-pressure.html
https://www.asenews.page/
https://www.asenews.page/
https://www.asenews.page/2021/06/imran-khan-says-pakistan-under-pressure.html
true
8343353446356446311
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content