Shehbaz Sharif On China Visit Amid Pakistan Crisis In Many Fronts Explained
Shehbaz Sharif China Visit: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, beset by natural, economic and political crisis, reached China on Tuesday (November 1) as part of his two-day visit to the so-called all-time friend country and met President Xi Jinping. Had a meeting. This is Sharif’s first visit to China after becoming the PM of Pakistan. At the same time, his name was also registered as the first foreign leader who met Xi Jinping after his third term.
Prior to this meeting, Sharif also wrote an article for the Chinese state-run Global Times, in which he enumerated the achievements he earned as the Chief Minister of Punjab province and tried to tell that the relationship between the two countries should be strengthened and trade should be strengthened. He is a suitable leader to allow growth.
Why Sharif’s visit to China at such a time?
Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa is going to retire in Pakistan at the end of this month. The army is considered to have a lot of interference in the politics of Pakistan. At the same time, former PM and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chief Imran Khan is not missing any opportunity to surround the coalition government of PML-N led by Nawaz Sharif. What is the rationale for Sharif’s visit to China at such a sensitive time, the question is arising.
Purpose of Sharif’s visit to China
If seen, there are many important reasons behind this visit of Sharif. Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan had told America’s hand behind the fall of his government. This affected the relations between Pakistan and America. The Pakistani army is trying to improve relations with America. At the same time, America has described China as more dangerous for it than Russia in its national security policy. In such a situation, on the one hand, Pakistan has to fulfill its interests with America, on the other hand, the challenge of maintaining balance in close relations with China has also arisen for it.
In an article written in Dawn on Tuesday itself, Maleeha Lodhi, who was Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations and the US, cautioned her country against becoming part of any anti-China coalition.
Talk again on financial bailouts and CPEC
Taking financial bailout from Beijing to ease Pakistan’s economic crisis is also natural to be included in the objectives of the visit. China has expressed that it will help Pakistan but for this more talks are needed.
Shahbaz Sharif and his ministers have condemned the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor raising doubts over Pakistan’s interests, during which he will try to discuss the project afresh with China. This is currently the biggest project between Pakistan and China, about which India has objections. In fact, a 2,442 km long economic corridor from Gwadar in Pakistan to Xinjiang in China passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The problem of the biggest project between China and Pakistan
Between 2013 and 16, Nawaz Sharif, the elder brother of Shahbaz Sharif, was the Prime Minister when he talked to China on CPEC. China was not happy with the periodic condemnation of the project and the half-participation of Pakistan. Initially the project cost $42 billion, later it was increased to $67 billion, but it has struggled to cross the $25 billion mark.
There are many reasons behind this too, one of which is that China itself is facing economic challenges and secondly that Pakistan is not able to spend as much as Beijing wants. At the same time, many other projects are also mired in local problems.
Sharif’s ointment on Chinese citizens in Pakistan
Sharif’s visit also aims to heal the wounds of attacks on Chinese civilians in Pakistan. In fact, since the start of work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, many Chinese people have settled in Pakistan or have started living for business. So far many Chinese citizens have been attacked in Pakistan. In September this year, a man attacked Chinese citizens in Karachi. A man who came as a patient to a dental clinic opened fire, in which a Chinese man lost his life and two people were injured. Those injured were a Chinese doctor couple and the person killed was their assistant.
Sharif expressed condolences in Chinese newspaper
In an article written in a Chinese newspaper, Sharif has also mentioned the firmness of his government regarding the security of Chinese citizens in Pakistan. Sharif wrote in the op-ed article, “Safety of Chinese personnel and projects in Pakistan is our top priority. The loss of precious Chinese lives in Pakistan is our loss. My government will leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators of these reprehensible acts to justice.
Desire to increase business under existing FTA
Sharif said China is Pakistan’s biggest trade and investment partner. “We want to extend these agreements under the terms of the existing free trade agreement,” he said.
Pakistan’s politics will improve with China visit!
Above all, the echo of Sharif’s visit to China will be heard on the platform of Pakistani politics. General elections are to be held in Pakistan in October next year. Recently, there was news from Pakistan that the Election Commission of Pakistan has completed the work of delimitation in all the constituencies at the national and provincial level and general elections can be held this year only. Although the period of October mentioned in the news for the elections has passed, but former PM Imran Khan is continuously demanding for early elections in the country.
In such a situation, nothing can be said whether elections will be held in Pakistan on the fixed tenure or before the time, but before that, Sharif will put full emphasis on creating an image among the people as a belligerent and a leader who takes beneficial decisions for the country. This visit to China can also prove helpful in his purpose.
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