China extends support for Pakistan territorial integrity

Pakistan backs China’s key interests: Qamar Javed Bajwa

China and Pakistan appear to have addressed their “core” concerns over Xinjiang and Kashmir during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi to Islamabad.

During a meeting with Pakistan’s army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday, Mr. Wang pledged support for Pakistan’s “sovereignty, dignity and territorial integrity,” in a veiled message of reassurance to Pakistan, which apprehends further changes in the status quo after India revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

Mr. Wang also said that Beijing will “firmly support the Pakistani government in achieving national stability and development and prosperity; and firmly support Pakistan to play a more constructive role in regional international affairs,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry read out on the Wang-Bajwa meeting said.

The statement quoted General Bajwa, as saying that Pakistan “will continue to support China on issues involving China's core interests”.

Analysts see this as an apparent message of support in Xinjiang, where Beijing has exercised zero tolerance to Uyghur Muslims, who are demanding a separate statehood. Radical Uyghur separatists are suspected to have links with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

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