DATE=10/14/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CHINA / PAKISTAN (L-O) NUMBER=2-255005 BYLINE=STEPHANIE HO DATELINE=BEIJING CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: China says it is worried about the military coup in Pakistan. V-O-A's Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing, Chinese officials say they are studying the situation on the sub-continent. TEXT: China called for restraint right after the military coup in Pakistan, but has yet to formulate a detailed position. At a regular news briefing Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue - speaking through an interpreter -- expressed China's apprehension. // ZHANG INTERPRETER ACT // Pakistan is a friendly neighbor of China. We are deeply concerned over the change of the situation in Pakistan and we are now trying to further our comprehension of the situation. // END ACT // Ms. Zhang did not say whether the coup will affect what she called normal and friendly relations between China and Pakistan. She also did not indicate whether Beijing would support or recognize any future Pakistani government. China and Pakistan have been long time allies and there are several reports - most recent in mid- September - that China has supplied missiles to Pakistan. China has always denied the allegations. The state-run Xinhua news agency says a group from Pakistan was the only official foreign delegation invited to participate in recent celebrations to mark China's 50th anniversary. At a banquet in Islamabad to mark China's birthday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz said the most important aspect of the bilateral relationship is that both countries have the same views on all contemporary issues. The Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Lu Shulin, said his country has not forgotten Islamabad's support on the Taiwan issue and its help in establishing China's diplomatic relations with several countries, including the United States. Pakistani officials have also been quoted as criticizing India for allowing the Dalai Lama to live there. China has been sharply critical of the Tibetan spiritual leader, who fled into exile in 1959. (signed) NEB/HO/FC 14-Oct-1999 06:40 AM EDT (14-Oct-1999 1040 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .