Trump's Twitter 'Attack' Brings Closer China And Pakistan: Chinese Media

| January 5 , 2018 , 15:47 IST

US President Donald Trump began the new year 2018 with a tweet against Pakistan, slamming it for inaction against terrorist, after which the US withdrew financial assistance to Pakistan, creating further friction between the two nations.

According to a report in a Chinese daily, the 'twitter attack' by Trump against Pakistan and the subsequent activities will further strengthen the already close ties between Islamabad and Beijing. Following Trump's tweet, the US suspended a total aid of $1.15 billion to Pakistan, resulting in a backlash from the nation.

In his tweet on January 1, Trump said, "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!"

A day after the tweet from Trump, the State Bank of Pakistan announced that it has taken steps to ensure the use of China's currency the 'yuan' in bilateral trade and financing transactions.  The State Bank of Pakistan added that public and private sectors were free to choose the Chinese currency for bilateral trade and investment activities.

The Chinese daily, citing the announcement made by Pakistan, said that the statement "may not be a dramatic policy change", but the timing made the move significant.

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"This is more of a political statement in response to pressure from the US, telling the US that Pakistan has a great relationship with China and that Pakistan would become even closer with China," said Dong Dengxin, Director of the Finance and Securities Institute at Wuhan University of Science and Technology.

The Chinese report added that Washington's strategic shift towards New Delhi could also improve the military cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.