BEIJING: China today rejected as “nonsense” reports about President Xi Jinping not meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Astana following the murder of two Chinese in Balochistan and said the two leaders met several times during the summit.
“I can tell you that during the seventeenth SCO heads of state meeting, President Xi met with Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif several times,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said but did not say whether they had a bilateral meeting.
“Some reports are just nonsense and unwanted. China and Pakistan enjoy an all-weather strategic partnership,” he said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry website has photographs of Xi’s bilateral meetings with other SCO leaders, including Modi but not with Sharif.