China to US: respect Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence


The Economic Times
May 20, 2011

BEIJING/ISLAMABAD: China on Thursday said the international community “must respect” Pakistan’s sovereignty, tacitly confirming reports that it has asked the US not to violate Islamabad’s territorial integrity, following the killing of Osama bin Laden .

Asked about reports that China has asked US during its recently concluded strategic dialogue with Washington to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty as Islamabad came under heavy pressure after bin Laden’s killing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu told media here that “sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan must be respected.”

“We believe that Pakistan has made great contribution to international counter-terrorism efforts, as well as huge sacrifices. The international community should understand and support Pakistan’s efforts to restore national stability and develop its economy,” she said.

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