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China against US 'finger pointing' at Pak on terror: official

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today made it clear that it is opposed to the US "finger pointing" at and linking its all-weather ally with terrorism, insisting that the responsibility of combating terror outfits cannot be placed on a particular country.

China's backing for came as the US stepped up pressure on to eliminate terror safe havens on its soil.

The last week suspended nearly USD 2 billion in security assistance to for its failure to take decisive action against terror groups like the and the Haqqani Network.

"always opposed linking with any certain country and we don't agree to place the responsibility of anti on a certain country," told a

He was responding to a question on a official's remarks that could play helpful role in convincing that it was in its to crackdown on terror safe havens.

"We have stressed many times that has made important sacrifices and contributions to the global anti cause," Lu said.

"Countries should strengthen anti-cooperation on the basis of mutual respect instead of finger pointing at each other. This is not conducive to the global efforts," he said.

has been vocal in extending support to since US stepped up criticism against for providing safe havens for terrorists.

Trump in a tweet accused of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for USD 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

Chinese media has been speculating that Trump's efforts to step up pressure on may move it closer to as is involved in a number of projects in the country under the USD 50 billion China-Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Chinese media is highlighting reports that may allow to build a a military base at Jiwani located close to Irans Chabahar port, which is being jointly developed by India, and

Jiwani is also close to the strategic in which is being developed by

While defending Pakistan, Lu said at the same time backed international counter efforts.

"First and foremost, I would like to say that is the common enemy of the international community. Cracking down of calls for the joint efforts from the international community," he said.

"Actually, is defending countries that have been making anti-efforts in a just and fair way. also welcomes all the global joint efforts in terms of counter on the basis of mutual trust and mutual respect," he said.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:40 IST