With relations already running on a tense note between India and Pakistan over terrorism and rising tensions at the borders, China has assured in unequivocal terms of its support to Islamabad in case of any foreign aggression.
China's support was confirmed in a press release issued by the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's Office, reports Dawn.
"In case of any [foreign] aggression our country will extend its full support to Pakistan," the statement quoted Consul General of China in Lahore Yu Boren as saying.
The message was conveyed during a meeting of its top diplomat in the provincial capital with Chief Minister Sharif.
The statement said that Beijing "will be siding with Pakistan on Kashmir issue" and the Kashmir issue should be solved in accordance with aspirations of the Kashmiris.
The duo also discussed the progress being made on various projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).