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'China could convince Pak for dismantling terror safe havens'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

could play a "helpful role" in convincing that it is in its to crackdown on terror safe havens, a senior has said.

The said some of the concerns of the US about the terror issue in and is seeking to work with and other regional players to convince about the need to crackdown on terror groups.

The said that dismantling terrorist in is key to bring stability in and in the region.

"Pakistan already has deep historical ties with going back to many years and they have close military ties. The economic relationship is also growing due to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)," the senior administration official said on condition of anonymity.

"But, China some of the concerns of the US about the problem. The US is seeking to work with other regional players and China would be one of the main ones to deal with this issue. It won't serve China's interests to have terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan," the official said.

The official was quick to point out that China has been playing a more helpful role in terms of encouraging better relations between and Pakistan. "It is taking a more active role in this regard."

"So, I would disagree with the assertion that China will not play a helpful role in convincing Pakistan it is in its own interest to crack down on the terror sanctuaries," the official told a group of reporters on Friday.

"Ultimately, China is also working towards a stable That's going to take them back to the same issue which are the sanctuaries in Pakistan," the official said.

China-Pakistan relationship is already very strong and appeared unconcerned over reports that the US' decision to freeze approximately USD 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan would push towards Beijing, the official added.

"That relationship is already very very strong. But what we have seen is an interest by Pakistan in having a strong relationship with both the US and China. So that's one issue. And the second issue is that China is also concerned about and extremism in South Asia," the official said.

Noting that China has taken a more active role in trying to help stabilise Afghanistan, trying to improve relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the official said the US believes that China is also interested in stability in Pakistan and also for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

"Ultimately if they want to see stability in the region, and I think they do, they also will have an interest in seeing Pakistan crack down on the Haqqani and network," the said.

The administration has suspended about USD 2 billion in security aid to Pakistan for failing to clamp down on the Afghan and the Haqqani Network terror groups and dismantle their


The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes after in a tweet accused the country 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.

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 12:55 IST
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