CAMBRIDGE: Pakistan’s relationship with China is strategic, historic, trouble-free and pivotal to the country’s foreign policy, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said during a talk at Harvard University. Speaking in a programme run by the Kennedy School titled, “Future of Diplomacy”, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Dr Lodhi set out the country’s regional and global agenda and emphasised that this reflected national priorities and Islamabad’s role as a ‘critical state’ in international affairs.She listed certain national priorities including economic revival, the defeat of terrorism and elimination of violent extremism in and around Pakistan, preservation of the country’s strategic capability and building regional peace and stability. She suggested for an end to the conflict in Afghanistan and normalisation of Pakistan and India relations on an equitable and durable basis. Ambassador Lodhi told the audience that today Pakistan’s multiple foreign policy engagements are shaped by these national priorities.
She also named regional economic cooperation and connectivity as another key priority. She said that being pursued through various trans-regional projects, which aims to enhance prospects of growth and development. She cited the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the most ambitious and potentially game changing example of regional economic cooperation.
While expounding on the Pakistan-China relationship, Ambassador Lodhi said that the strategic evolution of this relationship has given the Sino-Pak partnership adding that the significance at a time of a fundamental change in the global balance of power brought about by China’s rise as a global economic powerhouse.
She said that in recent years the bilateral ties have broadened and diversified from the traditional focus on defence and military cooperation towards a greater economic and investment orientation. She described the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a critical link in the “One belt, One road” initiative, as a manifestation of the direction this key relationship is taking. This project will bring greater prosperity to the people of the region and beyond.
While remarking on how Pakistan will adjust its relations with China with those with the United States, she said that a review of history would refute this defective idea. Pakistan assumed a focal part in a standout amongst the most sensational scenes of the Cold War the opening to China by US previous president Richard Nixon since it appreciated great relations with both China and the United States.
Pakistan plans to assume the same part later on and keep up great relations with both even as the two participate in worldwide rivalry. A nearby and continuing relationship amongst Pakistan and the US is a key basic for Islamabad for accomplishing enduring peace and security in our area and past.
Minister Lodhi said Pakistan looks to standardize relations by finding political answers for extraordinary debate while Islamabad has more than once asked Delhi to continue the expansive based far reaching peace process. She said India has yet to concur and has rather flagged it is just keen on discussing terrorism including this doesn’t gain the possibilities of discretionary ground too splendid.
She reacted to an inquiry regarding President Ashraf Ghani’s most recent articulation by saying that supporting escalated military activity against the rebellion appears to run counter to the firm global accord, which is that a political arrangement is the main reasonable approach to convey peace to Afghanistan. She said that what Pakistan has encouraged and suggested for as far back as decade or progressively and she reminded the group of onlookers that for as long as 14 years, a military answer for the contention inside Afghanistan has demonstrated subtle.