China also said it will step up coordination with Pakistan on regional hotspot issues and deepen pragmatic cooperation.

"We will deepen defence cooperation with Pakistan and step up cooperation and coordination on regional hotspot issues with Pakistan," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei urged here.

Asked to elaborate on the regional hotspot issues and whether it concerned India and Pakistan, Hong cited "Our role in relations between India and Pakistan is to promote peace talks between the two countries and improve relations.

"This will be beneficial to the two countries and two peoples and meet the interests of all parties."

The statement came as Xi landed in Pakistan on a two-day state visit to boost strategic ties with its all-weather ally during which he will reach a number of deals.

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