- Title: China defends ally Pakistan after Trump criticism
- Date: 22nd August 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (AUGUST 22, 2017) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING IN FOR REGULAR BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "Pakistan is on the front line in the struggle against terrorism, has actively made efforts and great sacrifices to combat terrorism for years and has made important contributions to safeguarding regional and global peace and stability. We believe that the international community should fully recognise Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts. China supports the international community in enhancing global anti-terror cooperation to form joint forces. We are happy to see Pakistan and the United States carrying out anti-terror cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and working together for security and stability in the region and the world." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 5th September 2017 10:07
- Keywords: China defends Pakistan Trump Pakistan Trump in Afghanistan Taliban US troops in Afghanistan
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016V8N6FB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday (August 22) after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan's "safe havens" for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to "harbour terrorists".
Trump on Monday (August 21) committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win".
Trump insisted that others - the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies - step up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict, but he saved his sharpest words for Pakistan.
Senior U.S. officials warned security assistance for Pakistan could be reduced unless the nuclear-armed nation cooperated more in preventing militants from using safe havens on its soil.
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