Islamabad: A joint statement issued after the talks between Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during Qureshi’s two-day visit to Beijing said:
“The Chinese side reiterated that Pakistan and China are iron brothers and Pakistan remains China’s staunchest partner in the region and that China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence, and independently choosing a development path based on its national conditions, striving for a better external security environment and playing a more constructive role in international and regional affairs.”
The Kashmir issue was also brought into consideration and discussion during the meeting. Qureshi briefed the Chinese side on the situation in what it calls ‘Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)’.
China has seconded Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir, declaring the dispute left over from the history between India and Pakistan, urging that the dispute should be resolved peacefully and properly through the UN charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.
“China opposed any unilateral actions that complicate the situation,” maintained the Chinese side.
It should be noted that it was China, which had requested a closed door discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir issue, seconding Islamabad’s request on the same at the UN Security Council.