BEIJING, Oct 9 - China is paying �close attention� to the situation in Kashmir and the �facts are clear,� President Xi Jinping has told Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday and hoped that the �relevant parties� can solve the issue through peaceful dialogue, state media reported.
Khan�s visit to China comes at a time when tensions have spiked between Pakistan and India after New Delhi ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
Xi, who met Khan at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse here, said China is ready to work with Pakistan to forge a closer China-Pakistan community of shared future in the new era.
Khan briefed Xi on Pakistan�s views on Kashmir, hoping to avoid deterioration of the situation, saying that Pakistan values and appreciates China�s �objective and unbiased� position.
�Xi told Khan that China is paying close attention to the Kashmir situation and the facts are clear,� the official Xinhua news agency quoted the Chinese President as telling Khan.
�China has always viewed relations with Pakistan as a diplomatic priority and will continue to firmly support Pakistan on issues concerning its core interests and of major concern to it,� the Chinese President was quoted as saying. � PTI