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China: Afghanistan backing Beijing stance on South China Sea

  • China Premier Li Keqiang, right, talks with Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah at a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 16, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon, Pool Photo via AP)

    China Premier Li Keqiang, right, talks with Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah at a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 16, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • China Premier Li Keqiang,rear right, and Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, rear left, applaud while Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, left, and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchange documents during signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 16, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon, Pool Photo via AP)

    China Premier Li Keqiang,rear right, and Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, rear left, applaud while Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, left, and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchange documents during signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 16, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, left is escorted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcoming ceremony held outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, left is escorted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcoming ceremony held outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

China says landlocked Afghanistan has expressed support for Beijing's stance on the South China Sea and its fight against extremists in its far west.

The Foreign Ministry said Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah made the statements in a meeting Monday with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.

The ministry said Li in return said China wants to help with Afghanistan's national reconciliation process, provide assistance for projects including the construction of low-cost housing and boost imports of Afghan agricultural projects.

China has been seeking support from friendly nations for its bilateral approach to settling South China Sea territorial disputes. That's partly to counter efforts by the U.S. , Philippines and others to challenge China's claim to virtually the entire sea and creation of new islands out of coral reefs.