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Rizwan Shehzad

The Express Tribune

Published Date: Sep 16, 2014

Common ally: China lauded for avoiding global conflicts

ISLAMABAD: 

Panellists at a discussion on China’s global role said the
country is increasing its influence in the region and the world while
staying clear of global conflicts.

They were speaking at a seminar on “Changing Dynamics in Global Power
Structure and Role of China” at the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute on Monday.

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Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said China<br />
has never been aggressive in the last three decades and has played a<br />
moderating role in promoting global peace and economy. He said China has<br />
been an inward-looking country with a very important and remarkable<br />
history of economic transformation. “The scale of transformation—both<br />
visible and invisible—through which it is moving has no match in recent<br />
history.”
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Fatemi was of the view that Chinese foreign policy was driven by the<br />
philosophy of avoiding conflicts under all circumstances and<br />
concentrating on economic growth and stability. He observed that China<br />
wants to be a team player rather than a team disrupter, adding that it<br />
wishes to play a role less than it is capable of. “It seeks not to<br />
ruffle feathers.”
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The last six decades have been remarkable for China, he said, adding<br />
that the first three were spent in bringing reforms in the country and<br />
over 500 million people were pulled out of poverty. In addition, China<br />
is today an economy which controls global economy, he added.
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The premier’s adviser said China stood by Pakistan many times and<br />
that all Pakistani leaders, regardless of their political affiliation,<br />
realise this good critical relationship with China and continued it in<br />
their respective tenures.
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