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Beijing : A Twitter attack by US President Donald Trump against Pakistan on New Year’s Day will further strengthen the already close ties between Islamabad and Beijing, a report in a leading Chinese daily said.

In his first tweet of 2018, Trump charged Pakistan with deceit and treachery and cut off all further aid to Islamabad for harbouring terrorists US troops were hunting in Afghanistan.

The move drew a stern backlash in Pakistan and a staunch defence of Islamabad in Beijing – a dynamic that experts said highlights the further strengthening of the relationship as the US seeks closer ties with India while “casting aspersions on Pakistan”, the Global Times said.

A day after Trump’s tweet, the State Bank of Pakistan announced it has taken steps to ensure the use of the yuan in bilateral trade and financing transactions.

It also said that public and private sectors were free to choose the Chinese currency for bilateral trade and investment activities. According to the daily, the State Bank of Pakistan’s statement “may not be a dramatic policy change, but the timing made the move significant.

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