Islamabad: Pakistan and China moved a notch higher than their “time-tested” and “all-weather” friendship status after Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani declared that “China’s enemy is our enemy”.
“China’s friend is our friend, and China’s enemy is our enemy. We consider China’s security as our own security,” The Express Tribune quoted Gilani, as saying in a meeting with China’s Executive Vice Premier Li Keqiang at the State Guest House on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia.
Keqiang reciprocated Gilani’s sentiments by saying: “No matter what changes take place at the international level, we will uphold Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “China supports Pakistan’s role in regional and international affairs.”
China’s reiteration of support for Pakistan’s territorial integrity came after US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives seeking independence for the insurgency-hit Balochistan.
Gilani said Pakistan gives high importance to the security of Chinese citizens on its soil, and added that he was personally monitoring the process to provide them extensive protection.
He added Pakistan realises the importance of maintaining a working engagement with the United States but would not compromise its sovereignty and national dignity.
He was referring to his meeting with the US President Barack Obama in Seoul, where he told him that Pakistan’s Parliament would set the contours of future ties with the US.