Imran Khan Wonders Why Pakistan Should Take Sides in US-China Rivalry

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been attacked by some Western media outlets after he refused to criticise China’s policy in the Xinjiang region and the alleged human rights violations of Uyghur Muslims during a recent interview. He said he believed the Chinese version that no atrocities are being committed against the Uyghurs.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has revealed that his country has been under pressure from the US and other Western powers over its relationship with China but Islamabad will not yield to demands to reconsider its “deep ties” with Beijing.

In an interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN), Prime Minister Khan talked about the rivalry between China and the United States and its impact on Pakistan. 

The Quad consists of the US, India, Australia, and Japan and has been formed to uphold “a rules-based international order” in the Indo-Pacific amid growing Chinese “assertiveness” in the region.  

“The idea that India is supposed to lean to the Western world to counterbalance China is going to be very detrimental for India”, Khan told the Global Times during an online press conference on Tuesday.

He said that China is too strong, and India will benefit from trade with China, which is much more advantageous than acting as a sort of counterbalance. Khan added that if any country were to lose out, it is going to be India.

“If pressure is put on Pakistan to change its relationship with China or downgrade its relationship – it’s…

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