China strongly responds over Pakistan’s counter terrorism measures on CPEC security

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Commending Pakistan's contribution to the international counter-terrorism cause, Beijing on Friday backed Islamabad's efforts link to combat terrorist forces and safeguard national and regional peace and security.

"China opposes terrorism in all manifestations and any double standard on counter-terrorism," said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian while responding to a question about Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Babar Iftikhar's press conference on Indian-sponsored terrorism last week.

He called on the international community, especially regional countries, to carry out counter-terrorism cooperation and safeguard collective security.

Later, in a tweet, Zhao said China appreciated the "positive contribution by Pakistan to the international counter-terrorism cause" and "firmly supports Pakistan in cracking down terrorist forces".

On China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he asserted that any attempt to sabotage the project is doomed to fail.

"CPEC is a major pioneering project of the Belt and Road Initiative," he said during the daily press briefing. "It is of great significance to not only the common development of China and Pakistan but also regional connectivity and common prosperity."