- 'Pak-China-Afghanistan trilateral cooperation will lead to regional development, peace': Speakers
'Pak-China-Afghanistan Trilateral Cooperation Will Lead To Regional Development, Peace': Speakers
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Thu 27th May 2021 | 09:40 PM
The speakers at a panel discussion on Thursday stressed that trilateral cooperation between Pakistan, China and Afghanistan could lead to development and ensure peace in the region
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th May, 2021 ) :The speakers at a panel discussion on Thursday stressed that trilateral cooperation between Pakistan, China and Afghanistan could lead to development and ensure peace in the region.
The Centre for Afghanistan, middle East & Africa (CAMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Pakistan-China-Afghanistan: Prospects of Trilateral Cooperation for Regional Stability' virtually gathered thinkers and intellectuals to deliberate upon the aspects of cooperation.
The Afghan conflict, he said, serves as a distraction to the economic connectivity of the region.
He termed peace as a requisite for any meaningful trilateral cooperation to take place.
Prof. Lin Minwang, Deputy Director of the Center for South Asian Studies and Assistant to the Dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, China, said China's interest in Afghanistan is multifaceted, particularly in the avenue of counter-terrorism.
She said while the opportunities and benefits arising out of CPEC's possible extension to Afghanistan remain vast, at the same time a number of the challenges could arise including Kabul's apparent reluctance, unstable security situation in Afghanistan, the complex nature of Pak -Afghan ties, the Indo-Pak rivalry and existence of numerous terrorist groups.
Director General ISSI Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said the focus on peace and stability and counter-terrorism reigned supreme, with concurrently the development component involving trade, investment and a possible extension of CPEC.
Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman ISSI said Pakistan, China and Afghanistan's cooperation could be viewed through the lens of peace and stability, development, reconstruction and counter-terrorism - the last three dependent on the first factor.
He said Afghanistan's cooperation was restrained by spoilers inside and outside of the country.
"We need a wider regional consensus which is backed by the US and other western countries," he said.