China offers to play role to ease Pak, India tension

Beijing, August 22 (KMS): China has offered to play a constructive role to ease tensions between India and Pakistan following the formation of new government in Pakistan.

“We welcome the positive remarks made by the Indian and Pakistani leaders on improving their bilateral relations,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Lu Kang, said on Wednesday during his regular media briefing.

Lu was referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reported remarks seeking “meaningful and constructive engagement” with Pakistan, in a letter to Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister, Imran Khan.

In tweets in English and Urdu, Imran Khan, in turn, proposed that, “To move forward, Pakistan and India must talk and resolve their conflicts, including Kashmir.”

The spokesperson specifically cited China’s concerns regarding “regional” security, in its offer to play a role in the Pak-India equation. “Both Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia. The improvement and development of their relations are quite important to the regional peace and stability and prosperity,” Lu said.

He hoped that New Delhi and Islamabad “can jointly stay committed to the regional peace and development”. He said, “China is willing to play a constructive role in this aspect.”

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