China snubs Pakistan, denies media reports backing Islamabad on Kashmir issue

Earlier, China refrained from backing Islamabad on the issue during Premier Li Keqiang's meeting with Pakistan PM Sharif at the UN. Photograph:( Getty )

WION Beijing, China Sep 26, 2016, 12.53 PM (IST)
China has distanced itself from the Pakistani media reports attributing Beijing's support to Pakistan on Kashmir issue. 

A Pakistani daily Dawn quoted Pakistan Consul General in Lahore Yu Boren, "In case of any (foreign) aggression our country will extend its full support to Pakistan."

In the press release by the Punjab chief minister's office Li had assured Shahbaz Sharif that China would continue to support Pakistan's stance on Kashmir. 

"We are and will be siding with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. There is no justification for atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris in India and the Kashmir dispute should be solved in accordance with aspirations of the Kashmiris," the report had quoted Yu as saying.

But Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang denied the reports, saying he was not aware of any such remarks made by the envoy. 

"I am not aware of the situation you mentioned. But China's position on the relevant issue is consistent and clear," he said.

For the second time in less than a week, China snubbed Pakistan by declining reports backing it on the Kashmir issue. 

China appealed to the two countries to resolve the long-standing dispute through "proper" dialogue. 

"As the neighbour and friend to both Pakistan and India, we hope the two countries will properly address their differences through dialogue and consultation, manage and control the situation and jointly work for the peace and stability of South Asia and the growth of the region."

"With regard to the Kashmir issue, we believe it is an issue left over from history. We hope the relevant parties will peacefully and properly resolve the issue through dialogue and consultation," he said.

China had refrained from backing Islamabad on the issue during the meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

(WION with inputs from agencies)