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China's Xi says he is watching Kashmir, supports Pakistan's core interests - Xinhua

China's Xi says he is watching Kashmir, supports Pakistan's core interests - Xinhua
China's President Xi Jinping speaks with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (not pictured) during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, October 9, 2019. Parker Song/Pool via REUTERS -
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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday he was watching the situation in Kashmir and would support Pakistan in issues related to its core interests, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Xi told Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting in Beijing that the right and wrong of the situation was clear, the report said. Xi added that the parties should resolve the dispute via peaceful dialogue.

Tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir have risen sharply since August when New Delhi revoked the autonomy of its portion of the territory, which both India and Pakistan rule in part and claim in full.

Xi is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai later this week.

(Reporting by Lusha Zhang and Se Young Lee; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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