China has pledged its support for close ally and friend Pakistan on Tuesday, after the United States announced that it would suspend $800 million security aid to the country.
“Pakistan is an important country in South Asia. The stability and development of Pakistan is closely connected with the peace and stability of South Asia,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told media.
“China has always provided assistance to Pakistan, helping it improve people’s livelihood and realise the sustainable development of its economy and society. China will continue to do so in the future.”
US President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, William Daley, announced in a television interview on Sunday that the United States had decided to withhold almost 1/3rd of its annual 2.7 billion dollar security assistance to Pakistan.