BEIJING:  China on Tuesday hailed Pakistan’s contribution to the international anti-terrorism campaign after it launched an anti-Taliban military offensive that has killed 177 terrorists.Speaking at a daily Press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying pledged China’s continuing support for Pakistan’s efforts in safeguarding national security and promised to enhance bilateral cooperation in anti-terrorism.The terrorists killed in the Pakistani campaign, which began on Sunday, include several members of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).Pakistan is a victim of international terrorist activities and has made great sacrifice for and contribution to the global anti-terrorism fight, according to Hua.“As an all-weather strategic partner and good neighbour of Pakistan, China has supported and will support as always Pakistan’s anti-terrorism strategy based on its national situation,” she said.–OnlineStressing that the ETIM is a terrorist group listed by the United Nations Security Council and an international threat, Hua said the fight against it constitutes a major part of the international anti-terrorism campaign.China is ready to continue cooperating with Pakistan so as to make contributions to the security and stability of both countries and the region, the spokeswoman added.

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