Trump could drive Pakistan towards 'full service' to China

Trump could drive Pakistan towards 'full service' to China

Trump could drive Pakistan towards 'full service' to China

This did not escape Geng Shuang who, when asked, whether Trump's accusations would harm trilateral efforts among Pakistan, China and Afghanistan remarked that the three are closely linked not only geographically but also in terms of common interests and it is natural for them to enhance communication and exchanges.

The State Department's declaration signalled growing frustration over Pakistan's co-operation in fighting terrorist networks.

The former diplomat who hosted Trump as the candidate for his first major foreign policy speech called for suspension of economic assistance to Pakistan, holding Pakistan accountable before regional and worldwide organizations in association with India and Afghanistan.

"Allies don't fight", he added, saying that "the USA should realize how Pakistan has been cooperative in the war against terror".

In a Twitter post on the first day of 2018, US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of "lying and deceit" and providing safe havens to terrorists despite taking over $33 billion in aid.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time [when] they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", he said, warning that the vital aid the United States offers to the country could be cut.

A day after Trump's tweet, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley confirmed the White House is withholding $255 million aid for Pakistan and defended the US criticism of Islamabad, alleging it played a "double game" with the United States for years.

"Recent statements and articulation by the American leadership were completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation", it said. She told reporters that until Pakistan takes "decisive action" against those groups, security assistance was suspended.

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In response to Trump's Monday tweet, the Pakistani defense ministry said it has helped the United States fight terrorism, but that it has gotten nothing but "invective and mistrust" in return.

The US also alleges that senior Afghan Taliban commanders live on Pakistani soil and had signalled it will cut aid and take other steps if Islamabad does not stop helping or turning a blind eye to Haqqani militants crossing the border to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.

The official said the formal announcement was expected Thursday.

"China and Pakistan are all-weather partners".

Pakistan was not paid $300 million of $1 billion under CSF in 2015 and $350 million of $900 million in 2016 because the administration could not certify Pakistan and indeed taken decisive action against the outfit, which is at the heart of USA anger with Pakistan, described as "deceit" by the president recently.

"There are considerable risks for the US because Pakistan could retaliate in ways that would be very problematic for USA regional interests", he said, such as curtailing intelligence co-operation and USA supply lines into Afghanistan. He said Pakistan could fall back on Saudi Arabia and China for military supplies, but it still depends on the USA for certain types of high-end equipment. A few days ago, CENTCOM commander General Voetel said that the US was attempting quiet discussions rather than public messaging to Pakistan.

"No matter what, the relationship is in a bad spot right now".

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