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Indo-Pak. ties key to regional stability: China

Lu Kang

Lu Kang  

“China is willing to play a constructive role in this aspect.” The spokesperson, however, in response to supplementary questions declined to characterise Beijing’s proposal as an offer for “mediation” between India and Pakistan.

“I just now said we are glad to see the positive remarks by India and Pakistan on improving their bilateral relations and all the efforts that are conducive to the improvement of their relations and peace and stability in the region. We welcome that and we will (play a) constructive role in this aspect.”

Mr. Lu declined to be drawn into the exact nature of Beijing’s role, asserting that he could not “give a pre-judgment” on this topic. China has in the past pointed to bilateral talks between India and Pakistan as the basis for resolving the Kashmir issue.

During his response, Mr. Lu also did not appear to change the basic template of bilateralism.

“As a common neighbour to Pakistan and India, China firmly supports the two sides to enhance dialogue and increase mutual trust and properly handle and solve their differences.”

China has been visibly emphatic in its advocacy for the resolution of Indo-Pakistan differences since the June summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), where New Delhi and Islamabad were welcomed as full members of the grouping.

In an interview during the course of the summit with the state-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN), Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi had stressed that India and Pakistan must not “see each other as opponents and much less enemies.”

He pointed out that the SCO could provide a “better platform” to resolve the bitter feud between New Delhi and Islamabad of over seven decades. “..I think that after their joining the SCO, maybe we can provide a better platform and opportunities for the building of relations between them,” he observed.

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