Thursday, July 14, 2011

China Fills Void as US Withdraws Aid

BEIJING, July 12: China pledged its support for close ally Pakistan on Tuesday, after the United States announced it was suspending $800 million worth of security aid to Islamabad.

“Pakistan is an important country in South Asia. The stability and development of Pakistan is closely connected with the peace and stability of South Asia,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

“China has always provided assistance to Pakistan, helping it improve people’s livelihood and realise the sustainable development of its economy and society. China will continue to do so in the future.”

China is one of Pakistan’s closest allies and is also its main arms supplier.—AFP

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

It is obvious that China is trying to soften the blow to Pakistan, due to the United States cutting some $800 million to Pakistan in foreign aid.

While China and Pakistan maintain a harmonious trade relationship, you can be assured that China will not provide Pakistan with anywhere near $800 million.