China on Monday distanced itself from the reported remarks of its consul general in Lahore that Beijing will support Islamabad in case of foreign aggression and hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in dialogue to address their differences.
Beijing also hoped the two sides will manage and control the situation and the Kashmir issue will be resolved peacefully through dialogue between relevant parties.
Responding to reported remarks of Chinese Consul General in Lahore Yu Boren about Beijing’s support in case of "any foreign aggression", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said he "was not aware of the situation you mentioned."
"China’s position on the relevant issue is consistent and clear. As 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," Shuang said.
"With regard to 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," the spokesperson added.
A statement issued by the Pakistani Punjab Chief Minister’s Office last week had said that China has assured Pakistan in unequivocal terms of its support in case of "any foreign aggression" and also supported Islamabad’s stance on the Kashmir dispute.
The statement was issued after meeting of Consul General of China in Lahore Yu Boren with Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan after the September 18 terror attack in Uri close to the Line of Control that killed 18 Indian soldiers earlier this month. India has blamed the attack on militants from Pakistan.