ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Alliance News): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan has good relationships with both China and the United States and wants to play the same ‘instrumental role of the 70s’ which had brought the two countries closer.
“We have a good relationship with the U.S. and also an iron-brother relationship with China. We want to play the role of 1970 when Pakistan was instrumental in getting the United States and China together,” he said in an exclusive interview with Liu Xin of CGTN’s The Point.
The prime minister was referring to the historic breakthrough in China-U.S. relations in 1971 which was made possible due to the pivotal role played by Pakistan, which also enjoyed the trust of both countries.
“The famous visit of Dr. Henry Kissinger (the U.S. State Secretary) was organized by Pakistan, so we hope to play that [same] role,” he said.
Replying to a question, he said the world cannot afford another cold war between China and the U.S.
“The world should not go through the situation where it is divided into two camps and it does not benefit anyone,” he said. “I hope that this does not escalate into another cold war where we have to choose sides.”
Taking about the impact of Pakistan-China ‘all-weather strategic ties’ on the region particularly Afghanistan, he said there was a consensus between Pakistan and China on how the two sides could cooperate in bringing stability and prosperity.
He mentioned that no other country than Pakistan had suffered in view of the Afghan conflict for 40 years, adding that for the first time, there was an opportunity of restoring peace in the war-torn country.