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China, Pakistan to again one another’s ‘core interests’ at UN

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In a joint assertion, the 2 nations stated they might “firmly safeguard multilateralism and support the central role of the United Nations in international affairs.”

China and Pakistan have pledged to again one another’s “core and major interests” within the United Nations after holding bilateral consultations on UN affairs.

Both nations, which describe their relationship formally as one in every of “all-weather partners” and “iron brothers”, have in latest months stepped in to offer essential assist to the opposite on points they see as delicate, with Beijing elevating the Kashmir situation on the UN Security Council and Islamabad backing China on Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

The two sides on Thursday held the third spherical of consultations on UN affairs nearly, led by Yang Tao, Director-General of the Department of International Organisations and Conferences of China’s Foreign Ministry, and Usman Iqbal Jadoon, Director-General (United Nations) of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, and with their everlasting missions to the UN in New York and Geneva additionally taking part.

In a joint assertion, the 2 nations stated they might “firmly safeguard multilateralism and support the central role of the United Nations in international affairs.”

This comes amid heightened Chinese criticism of what it calls United States-led “selective multilateralism”, aimed notably on the India, U.S., Australia and Japan Quadrilateral framework, in addition to the “rules-based order” advocated by the Quad.

China and Pakistan additionally agreed to “strengthen their cooperation on the United Nations and other multilateral platforms and to support each other on each side’s core and major interests, work toward the political and peaceful resolution of regional and international hotspot issues, and jointly safeguard peace and stability of the world, especially in Asia.”

The assertion stated they might “continue to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism and peacekeeping in the UN framework, by addressing the issue of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”. China has previously stepped in on many cases to dam the itemizing of Pakistani terrorists on the UNSC sanctions committee..

The assertion added they each would “consolidate strategic coordination in the field of human rights, jointly opposing double standards and the politicisation of human rights issues, and working for the promotion and protection of all human rights in a cooperative manner.”

China in 2019 and 2020 raised the Kashmir situation on the UNSC on not less than three events, calling for discussions within the wake of India’s dilution of Article 370, reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir and revocation of particular standing.

Pakistan, in the meantime, has lobbied for China’s assist amid growing criticism from western nations over Xinjiang. In October, Pakistan additionally made a joint assertion on behalf of 55 nations on the UN “opposing interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of Hong Kong.”

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