China welcomes lifting of TikTok ban in Pakistan

Beijing: China has welcomed Pakistan’s decision to lift the ban on the Chinese video-sharing and lip-synching app TikTok and lauded the statement of Pakistan’s Security Advisor Moeed Yousaf regarding Xinjiang.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian during a regular press briefing said that the government always asked overseas Chinese enterprises to strictly adhere to the local regulations and religious beliefs.

He said that the Chinese government was glad to see that the issues handled through friendly consultation.

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) this week had reversed its decision after 10 days and restored TikTok services across the country after assurances by the app management that they would moderate the content and comply with the local laws.  TikTok management also issued the statement and lauded the unblocking of the app in the country.

On October 9, the regulatory authority had banned the TikTok over the complaints against alleged immoral and obscene content.

Regarding the issues of ethnic groups in Xinjiang, the spokesperson Lijian said that China appreciated Pakistan’s objective and just position on issues relating to Xinjiang.

He said that 48 countries made a joint statement in support of China on issues relating to Xinjiang at the UNGA Third Committee which fully reflected the support of the international community.

He said that since the end of 2018, more than a thousand people from 90 countries visited Xinjiang and witnessed that the region was enjoying stability and prosperity.

“We hope more unbiased people will visit Xinjiang to get to know the real situation there. I’m sure more and more countries will voice their just observation, just like the Pakistani side,” he said.

Regarding Chinese missing soldier in India’s territory, Lijian said that India confirmed it found the person and assured he would be handed over after a medical examination.

Lijian hoped that the Indian side would keep its word and hand over the Chinese soldier, and work together with the Chinese side to jointly implement the consensus reached at the senior commanders’ meeting to safeguard peace and tranquility along the border.

On a question regarding US’s allegations that China targeting their economy through different tactics, Lijian said that the US under the pretext of ‘national security’ was wantonly oppressing foreign companies by denying their market access, compelling them to give up shares and selling technologies to American businesses.

He added that the claim of ‘China’s currency manipulation’ was ridiculous and that the International Monitory Fund along with other authoritative international institutions believed China’s currency rates were in line with our economic fundamentals without any overvaluation or undervaluation.

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