Pakistan’s parliament on Sunday sacked Prime Minister Imran Khan after a no-confidence motion was moved. But China believes that such a huge political turmoil in Islamabad will not affect the strong friendship between China and Pakistan. Experts from both China and Pakistan are optimistic about the future of China-Pakistan relations, as they believe the new government will uphold the country’s old tradition of ensuring friendship with China and China as a whole. Pakistan’s cooperation project will not be affected.
A Chinese state report on Sunday welcomed the prospect of Shahbaz Sharif becoming the new prime minister after Imran Khan’s ouster, saying relations between China and Pakistan could be “better than Khan’s”.
A new government is likely to be formed in Pakistan after a meeting of Parliament on Monday under the leadership of Shahbaz, younger brother of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, an article said.
“Chinese and Pakistani analysts agree that the need for all Pakistani parties and groups to secure and develop bilateral relations will not affect solid Sino-Pakistan relations due to internal political changes in Pakistan.” ,
“Khan’s likely successor is from the Sharif family, which has long been promoting China-Pakistan ties and cooperation between the two countries may be even better than Khan’s,” the article said. compared to traditional political parties.
The $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the Nawaz Sharif-led government has progressed well. China objected to Khan as he had criticized the project when he was in opposition, although he later became a big fan of it after taking power in 2018.
Qian Feng, research director of the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, said the recent political turmoil in Pakistan was largely due to conflicts between political parties and economic and livelihood issues. Qian said the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has led many in the country to believe that the mine administration has failed to stop the economic situation from deteriorating.