In a concession to its “iron friend” Pakistan, China has thrown a much-needed diplomatic lifeline to Imran Khan that could help him rebound from a series of recent setbacks at the international stage.
Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasised their rapport during a meeting with the visiting Pakistani prime minister in Beijing on October 8. “No matter how the international and regional situation changes, the friendship between China and Pakistan has always been unbreakable and rock solid; our relationship has always maintained vitality,” he declared.
Xi’s remarks came after clarifying China’s position on Kashmir in a joint statement with Pakistan. “The Kashmir issue, being a dispute left from history, should be properly and peacefully resolved, based on the UN charter, relevant UNSC resolutions and bilateral pacts,” it said. Sino-Pak relations have often raised questions in India about its negative impact on improving ties with China.
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