China appreciates Pakistan efforts to eliminate Chinese militants group ETIM

China appreciates Pakistan efforts to eliminate Chinese militants group ETIM

BEIJING: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa is on a three day visit to China and meeting the Chinese civilian and military leadership.

China has acknowledged Pakistan’s role in eliminating terrorist groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, al Qaeda and East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from the country.

The recognition came during army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s meetings with the Chinese civil and military leadership, i.e. Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief of Joint Services Department General Fang Funghui, and Commander People’s Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng. He arrived in China Thursday on a three-day official visit.

“The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the geo-political and economic and security environment of the region and its implications for both the countries,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“They acknowledged positive role being played by Pakistan towards peace and stability in the region with special mention of Pakistan’s role in eliminating terrorist groups including al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and ETIM from Pakistan.”

The East Turkestan Islamic Movement is a separatist organisation founded by Uyghur extremists in western China.

However, the military’s media wing said, Chinese leadership also expressed their concern on the Afghan security situation, as well as the growing potential threat of Daesh, and ETIM in Afghanistan.

The Chinese leadership voiced confidence in security arrangements for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and satisfaction on progress of the project.