China urges Pakistan and India to resolve issues through dialogue

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BEIJING: China has consistently advocated that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be earnestly respected and that it does not wish to see any violation of the United Nations (UN) Charter and the norms of international law.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, China is worried about the current tensions between Pakistan and India.

“Everyone has already seen that State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has repeatedly expressed China’s concerns when he talked with the Indian foreign minister in Uzbekistan and during a telephonic conversation with the Pakistani foreign minister,” the spokesperson said.

Commenting on the prevailing tense situation between Pakistan and India, the spokesman said, “We urge both Pakistan and India to exercise the utmost restraint and conduct dialogue as soon as possible. Control the situation and jointly safeguard peace and stability in South Asia.”

China has been maintaining close communication with Pakistan and India on the current state of affairs and has been involved in consultations while promoting talks.

“We have noticed that both countries have indicated that they do not want the situation to continue to deteriorate or escalate. We encourage both parties to move in the opposite direction and solve problems through dialogue. China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in this regard,” the spokesperson said.

“Indeed, the Pakistani foreign minister urgently called the State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to inform about the current situation and the Pakistani government’s views and considerations on the current situation.  At the same time, Pakistan also hopes that China can continue to play a positive role in easing the current situation,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson told the reporters that Wang Yi expressed China’s views on the current situation. “We are indeed worried about the current tension between Pakistan and India. Wang Yi also reiterated that China hopes that both Pakistan and India can exercise restraint and earnestly fulfil their commitment to prevent the expansion of the situation,” the spokesperson further said.

Lu Kang said that State Councilor Wang Yi clearly emphasised that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be earnestly respected. He also briefed the Pakistani foreign minister on China’s recent efforts to persuade and promote talks, he added.