World Desk, Tech for FTCP, Washington
Updated Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:54 PM IST
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The US has claimed that China has deep political interests in Pakistan. For this reason, despite some adverse circumstances, the two countries will maintain a close relationship. The US Defense Ministry in its annual report submitted to Congress has described Pakistan as a country where China wants to pursue both 'bilateral and multilateral' relations.
The report claimed that China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) project in Pakistan is linked to pipeline and port construction aimed at reducing Beijing's dependence on the transportation of energy resources through routes such as the Malacca and the Strait. Accordingly, China's Strategic Support Force (SSF) operates tracking, telemetry and command stations in Namibia, Pakistan and Argentina.
Increased engagement with foreign forces including Russia and ASEAN
The US Defense Ministry report states that China has increased its bilateral and multilateral engagement with foreign forces, including Russia, Pakistan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This is because China believes that this action will improve the PLA's (Chinese military's) ability to integrate and organize foreign forces.
China hangs the recognition of some American journalists
China has banned a full renewal of press recognition for some journalists of American media organizations. This step has been taken in response to the targeting of Chinese journalists working in the US. This shows the deterioration of the bitter relationship between the two countries.
CNN correspondent David Culver was informed of the new arrangement while applying for the renewal. They have been given a letter allowing them to report for the next two months instead of the one-year press card usually given. He was told that the move was a reaction to the attitude of the Trump administration.
China's imports decreased in August, exports increased
According to the Customs Department, China's exports increased by 9.5 percent to $ 235.2 billion compared to the same month last year, while in July it increased by 7.2 percent. In addition, China's imports in the month under review declined by 2.1 percent to $ 176.3 billion compared to the same period last year. Even in July, this import had fallen by 1.4 per cent.