China said on Monday that political changes in Pakistan leading to the ousting of Imran Khan’s government will not affect all-weather relations “whatever” and voiced firm opposition to any “external interference” in the internal affairs of Islamabad.
Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf government of Khan was ousted from power by a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly on Sunday.
Khan, 69, who became the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history to be ousted after losing the confidence of the House, claimed the no confidence motion was the result of a plotted ‘foreign plot’ by the United States because of its independent foreign policy.
“We have noticed some changes in Pakistan’s political circles,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference on Monday, while answering a question about the fall of the government. Khan and his impact on Pak-China relations.
“As a close neighbor and staunch friend, we sincerely hope that all parties in Pakistan will maintain solidarity and jointly uphold stability and development in their country,” Zhao said.
“No matter how political affairs in Pakistan may change, China will firmly adhere to our friendly policy towards Pakistan, and we don’t believe the political change will affect bilateral relations,” he said.
Asked about Khan’s claim that the United States was behind the overthrow of his government, Zhao said that “China firmly opposes any interference from other countries” by outside forces.
He declined to give further details saying it was up to Islamabad and Washington to comment.
As China closely monitored the rapidly changing political developments in Pakistan, official media comments were largely positive for Shehbaz Sharif becoming the new prime minister as his brother Nawaz Sharif maintained close ties with the Communist Party of China. in power (CCP). as well as support for Beijing’s China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), worth $60 billion.
“Khan’s potential successor comes from the Sharif family which has been promoting China-Pakistan relations for a long time, and cooperation between the two countries could be even better than under Khan,” a Global Times article said. , adding that the close ties between the two countries were better under traditional political parties.
“Khan comes from a new and rising political class, and when the big traditional political parties like the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) return to power, China-Pakistan cooperation could be even better. because these major traditional parties have much closer and deeper ties with China, Qian Feng, director of the research department at Tsinghua University’s National Institute of Strategy.
On the US allegation of US interference in Pakistan, Qian said, “Pakistani people have long seen American pragmatism: Americans get closer to Pakistan when they think it’s useful and cold Pakistan when they don’t. don’t need it. It is futile for the United States to try to rule Pakistan, as it is not welcomed by any part of Pakistani society.