Vivid News 24: Is the Pakistan-China friendship going to crack? Beijing’s huge investment in Pakistan is going to sink? Chinese President Xi Jinping’s comments have sparked speculation. He expressed concern about the security of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan.
According to news sources, he has also given stern words to Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Incidentally, Beijing is building a road from China’s Xinjiang province to Pakistan’s Gwadar port in Balochistan. Dragon land has invested a huge amount in this project which is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC.
But over the past few months, several Chinese nationals working on this project have died in militant attacks. Experts claim that Beijing is quite unhappy with the role of the Pakistani government. In this situation, the fact that the Chinese President directly spoke harshly to the Pakistani Prime Minister is considered quite significant by the experts.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif flew to Beijing on a 2-day visit on Tuesday night. He met with the Chinese President at the Great Hall of Beijing on Wednesday. According to sources, there, Xi Jinping said, “I am deeply concerned about the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan.
Hope Pakistan will provide them security.” After Xi Jinping’s comments, the Prime Minister of Pakistan remained silent. Note that this is the second time in the last 2 months that Xi Jinping has expressed concern about the safety of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan.
Earlier in September this year, Shehbaz Sharif attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization or SCO meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, and had a bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping. In that meeting, Xi Jinping raised the topic of the protection of Chinese citizens.
The people of Balochistan have been opposing CPEC since its inception. Baloch insurgents have carried out a series of suicide attacks on Chinese nationals working in CPEC for the past few months. The Chinese engineer also died due to this. After this, Beijing decided to close the Chinese educational Centers in Pakistan. The workers there were also ordered to return home.
The two countries issued a joint statement after the meeting between Xi Jinping and Shehbaz on Wednesday. However, there was no mention of this. The opposite was the case in Kashmir. In a joint statement, China said, “The Kashmir issue should be resolved peacefully based on bilateral consensus.” However, the joint statement also made it clear that Beijing sided with Islamabad on issues of peace and security in the Indian subcontinent.