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Pak supports China on sea row, Tibet dispute: President
August 16, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reiterated its support for China regarding the issues of South China Sea and Tibet.

During a meeting of visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang with President Mamnoon Hussain, the latter expressed concern over the reported Indian incursions into the Chinese territory and said that Pakistan fully supports the stance of China on the issue.

“The president appreciated China for its adept handling of the issue and reiterated that Pakistan stands by China on the issues of Tibet, Xinjiang and South China Sea”, an official statement said.

According the China’s People’s Daily, Hussain said that Pakistan desired to resolve all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, with India through dialogue. He said that Pakistan was looking forward to the visit of the Chinese premier to Islamabad soon.

The president said that Pakistan would also continue to work along with China for eliminating terrorism. He hailed the role of China in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan and hoped that it would bring positive results and the issue would be resolved at the earliest.

Both the leaders discussed the whole range of their bilateral affairs, with a particular focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and expressed the resolve to ensure its early completion as the project is vital to the regional peace, security, stability and prosperity.

The president thanked the Chinese vice premier for participating in the Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day celebrations and said it was reflective of their strong bonds and friendship.

Wang Yang said that Pakistan-China friendship was higher than the political considerations. He said Pakistan had played a positive role in countering terrorism. He assured his country’s complete cooperation in this regard. He underlined the need for stronger Pakistan-China economic cooperation and said China would increase imports from Pakistan for a better balance in trade.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said the whole nation while celebrating the 70th Independence Day with full zeal and fervour should go above politics and promote unity, harmony, love and mutual respect.

He said Pakistan is a nuclear power and has the ability to crush enemy casting evil eyes on the country but we should review why the country is still political and economically subjugated.

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