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China assures support to Pak on Kashmir issue

People sit on top of a bus as they go past flags of Pakistan and China that are displayed along a road, ahead of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Islamabad May 21, 2013. Li will arrive on two-day official to Pakistan on May 22. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS)

Lahore [Pakistan]: With relations already running on a tense note between India and Pakistan over terrorism and rising tensions at borders, China has assured in unequivocal terms of its support in case of any foreign aggression to Islamabad including its stance on the Kashmir issue.

China’s support was confirmed in a press release issued by the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s Office, reports Dawn.

“In case of any [foreign] aggression our country will extend its full support to Pakistan,” the statement quoted Consul General of China in Lahore Yu Boren as saying.

The message was conveyed during a meeting of its top diplomat in the provincial capital with Chief Minister Sharif.

The statement said that Beijing “will be siding with Pakistan on Kashmir issue” and the Kashmir issue should be solved in accordance with aspirations of the Kashmiris.

The duo also discussed the progress being made on various projects under the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). (ANI)