Pakistan firmly supports one-China principle and will continue “unwavering support” to China on the issues of its core interest including Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and South China Sea

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China H.E. Moin ul Haque has said Pakistan firmly believes in the one-China principle and supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. Pakistan’s “unwavering support” to China on the issues of China’s core interest including Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and South China Sea was strongly reaffirmed.

Pakistani ambassador gave an interview to Global Times, on Saturday 6th Aug, 2022 in which Pakistan’s consistent and firm policy about one-China principle was strongly reiterated.

Pakistan’s ambassador stated that Pakistan firmly believes in the one-China principle and supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that Pakistan will continue to extend full support to its “iron brother” – China, on issues concerning its core national interest.

The interview was given in the backdrop of the critical situation and unrest created by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan who arrived in China’s owned Taiwan island on Tuesday night in disregard of China’s strong opposition and serious representations. The visit is seen as a serious violation of the one-China principle.

In response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan China on Friday announced eight aggressive countermeasures which include canceling China-US Theater Commanders Talk, canceling China-US Defense Policy Coordination Talks, canceling China-US Military Maritime Consultative Agreement meetings, suspending China-US cooperation on the repatriation of illegal immigrants, suspending China-US cooperation on legal assistance in criminal matters, suspending China-US cooperation against transnational crimes, suspending China-US counter narcotics cooperation and suspending China-US talks on climate change.

Commenting on China’s countermeasures the Pakistani Ambassador admitted that “within the bounds of international law, every country has the right to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The ambassador stressed the importance of upholding the principles of the UN charter, international law and bilateral agreements. Inter-state relations should be based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs, he said.

The ambassador said, “As ‘iron brothers’ and ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partners,’ Pakistan and China have always stood shoulder-to-shoulder with each other through many challenges.”

“I would like to emphasize here that Pakistan would continue to extend full support to its ‘iron brother’ China on the issues of its core national interest,” he said.

During the interview the Pakistan;s ambassador on behalf of the Pakistan’s government vividly reaffirmed that  “The regional situation in Taiwan Straits was indeed complicated with the visit. We believe that the world cannot afford another crisis with far-reaching implications for regional and global peace and security,”   “The ‘one-China’ policy outlines that there is only one China in the world; the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole China; and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. This concept is about China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which needs to be respected. Therefore, Pakistan opposes any attempt to create ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan’ or ‘Taiwan independence'” .

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad had issued a statement reaffirming Pakistan’s strong commitment to the one-China principle and said Pakistan firmly supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.