Pakistan cannot be pressured to change or downgrade ties with china pm Imran khan. Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said he could not pressure Pakistan to change or downgrade relations with China. Because he has entrusted the US and Western powers with the task of imposing partiality on nations.
Pakistan and China enjoy a “very special relationship” for more than 70 years, and nothing can change this long-standing relationship, the prime minister said in an exclusive interview with CGTN’s LIU Xin.
In an interview, the prime minister spoke at length about the deep-rooted ties between the two countries. He stressed that no matter what happens and whatever pressure is put on Pakistan, relations between the two countries will remain the same.
He said there was a “strange and great power competition” going on in the region. “America is wary of China. […] I don’t need to say because this is public knowledge. The way China and America see each other […] So that creates a problem.” The United States has formed a regional alliance called “Quad” that includes India and several other countries, he noted.
“So from that point of view, Pakistan thinks it is very unfair to the United States and other Western powers to have countries like Pakistan take sides. Why should we take sides? We must maintain good relations with everyone. The prime minister said adamantly that he could not pressure Pakistan to change relations or lower relations with China.
“The relationship between Pakistan and China is very deep. This is not only a government, but a people-to-people relationship,” said the prime minister. The Prime Minister also said China is always there when Pakistan faces political and international problems or conflicts with its neighbors.
The Chinese hold a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis, he added. “You always remember the friends who stand with you. In good times, everyone is by my side, but in hard times, I remember those who stood by me.”
He said Pakistanis like Chinese people.
In another question, the prime minister said that Pakistan and China have come together in all international forums and that relations between the two countries are being strengthened politically. He said of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that it is “the biggest thing that is happening in Pakistan” and is the direction the future of the economy is moving.