With its focus on Afghanistan, China said today that it will play a constructive role in boosting ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Currently, Pakistan and Afghanistan are in a state of constant conflict over a wide variety of issues such as terrorist activities. China will also focus on resolving the ongoing war with the Taliban that has affected governments in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. China’s move to bridge the gap between Afghanistan and Pakistan is being seen as an attempt to counter the recent tough actions taken by the United States against Pakistan. The Afghan-Pak policy was announced today by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
Asif said that China’s role is very important in finding a solution to the Afghan problem. He said that Pakistan has already launched various initiatives to improve relations with Afghanistan. He pointed out that he had already met his Afghanistan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani and it has been agreed that they will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Asif said that in order to ensure enduring and robust relations with Afghanistan, the Pakistan government would be seeking active engagement with Afghanistan on various fronts such as political, military and intelligence. Asif further explained that Afghanistan needs a political solution and not a military solution. He said that China and Pakistan are both neighbors and they together can help the country better than anyone else.