Islamabad, Dec 27 (IANS) China Monday reiterated its firm support to Pakistan’s endeavour to uphold its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The assurance came during the three-day visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s representative Dai Bingguo, said China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian.

Dai Bingguo is an expert on South Asian affairs and his visit took place as a tussle broke out between the Pakistani army and the government.

The ambassador said the visit, though short, proved fruitful, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

He said China supports Pakistan’s efforts in maintaining its national stability and unity, creating a sound external environment, developing its economy, and improving the livelihood of its people, by fully exploiting its geographical advantage.

Islamabad has said that its sovereignty was compromised when US commandos flew into Abbottabad May 2 and killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden without informing Pakistan. Also, NATO airstrikes Nov 26 on two Pakistan Army checkposts left two dozen soldiers dead, sparking outrage in the country.

Dai Bingguo emphasized that the international community should fully recognize the significant contributions made by Pakistan for the international campaign against terrorism and continue to render strong support for Pakistan.

During the visit, Dai Bingguo held in-depth discussions with Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders and reached broad consensus on further promoting China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership.

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