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Will work to ease tensions, says China

Lu Kang

Lu Kang  

Backs Russian proposal to use Shanghai Cooperation protocols to resolve issue

China on Monday reiterated that it would continue to play a “constructive role in its own way” to ease tensions between India and Pakistan.

The Chinese foreign ministry also backed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s advocacy of utilising the counter-terrorism mechanism of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to defuse ongoing military tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Asked to comment on Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s disclosure that a Chinese special envoy would be visiting Pakistan and India to help defuse the crisis, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China has maintained “close communication” between the two countries.

“I have also said here that in order to alleviate the tension between India and Pakistan in the near future, China has maintained close communication with both India and Pakistan and is doing the work of persuading and promoting talks,” Mr. Lu said, without confirming whether a Chinese special envoy was embarking on a visit to India and Pakistan.

He added: “As long as it is conducive to the relaxation of the situation on both sides and is conducive to peace and stability in the region, China will continue to play a constructive role in its own way.”

Referring to Mr. Lavrov’s suggestion on the SCO’s possible involvement, Mr. Lu said that “(Russian) Foreign Minister Lavrov said he could consider using the relevant mechanism of the SCO to do some work. China’s principled position is that we encourage the relevant parties in the international community to make all constructive efforts that are conducive to promoting the relaxation of the regional situation and maintaining peace and stability in the region.”

Russia’s Tass news agency has quoted a Foreign Ministry statement regarding a conversation between Mr. Lavrov and his Pakistani counterpart on defusing Indo-Pak tensions.

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