China seeks Pak help to deal with separatists on border

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Saibal Dasgupta, TNN, Jun 17, 2010, 08.42pm IST

BEIJING: China on Thursday made it clear it is banking heavily on Pakistan's support to fight the Uighur separatists in the border region of Xingjian, who have posed on of the biggest challenges to Chinese authorities.

The two countries have devised an anti-terrorism program under which Pakistani security forces will push back Uighur fighters trying to cross the border to seek sanctuary in terrorists camps in Pakistan.

"We should work together to deepen bilateral cooperation in defense security and other sectors," Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the Chinese parliament, told the visiting Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The two neighbors are now trying to intensify their "strategic cooperative partnership".

Pakistan has obtained huge benefits including nuclear assistance by utilizing China's fears of Islamic fundamentalism spilling over to its border. But Wu's public statement will prove to be an added help to Pakistani leaders in their quest to gain public support for the operation against Uighur separatists who enjoy some support within Pakistan.

Both We and Chinese defense minister Liang Guanglie asking Kayani to enhance the involvement of the armed forces from the two sides in the fight against what is called the 'East Turkistan Islamic movement' by Uighur seeking to split China to create an independent nation. One of the things Beijing desperately wants is Pakistani help in cutting off the links between Uighur separatists and Islamic fundamentalists groups across the border in Pakistan.

China and Pakistan have held anti-terrorism exercises at the Xinjiang's Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County bordering Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2004 and a second such exercise in the hilly area of northern Pakistan's Abbottabad in 2006. Preparations are on to launch another military exercise involving troops from both countries to frighten the Xingjian separatists, sources said.

Wu said the "bilateral all-weather friendship" between the two countries in the fundamental interests of the people in their respective countries besides promoting regional peace and development. Kayani said Pakistan was ready to seek stronger relationship with China, the official media reported in Beijing. "Cooperation between the Chinese and Pakistani armed forces is exemplary and has been fruitful," Liang said.

Several Chinese leaders including Meng Jianzhu, Minister for Public Security and Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission met Kayani, who is on a five day visit to China.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...separatists-on-border/articleshow/6059822.cms
 
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USA wants Pak to fight the Taliban and now China wants Pak to fight the Uighurs, does Pak want to do this?? Turkey may not like it.
 

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Pakistan is slowly but surely getting squeezed in between friends and foe. Wait and watch should be our first priority towards Pakistan. Secure our borders, stop all level of connection and communication with Pakistan. Judgement day is near with regards to Pakistan.
 

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Wonder if china is asking or telling pakistan ? I think it should be the latter.
 
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This maybe too much pressure for Pak. They said Indian troops on eastern border were a problem but they can't claim the request from their chinese master will be a problem to their duties in the war on terror??
 

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I wonder when Pak Goverment will wake up to the domestic problems than fighting for its masters. Everyone is just using Pak for their interests, before the state disappears. Pak has become just tool of its masters.
 

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Football season. Everyone loves to play football. All they need is a ball to kick. Pakistan presents itself very well.
 

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Guess what not even taller than himalyas and deeper than pacific ocean friend is spared by pakistani terrorism.
 

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