China played “Constructive Role” in reducing India-Pakistan tension: Chinese foreign ministry

New Delhi: China played a “constructive role” in reducing tension between India and Pakistan, said China’s foreign minister after the stand-off between the two nuclear powered neighbouring countries reached a scary high.

The international community had reached out to India and Pakistan and asked them to come to an amicable solution.

In a faxed statement to Reuters late on Monday, responding to a question on China’s role in reining in the crisis, its foreign ministry said peaceful coexistence between Pakistan and India was in everyone’s interest.

“As a friendly neighbour of both India and Pakistan, China pro-actively promoted peace talks and played a constructive role in easing the tense situation,” it said.

“Some other countries also made positive efforts in this regard,” the ministry added.

China is willing to work with the international community to continue to encourage the neighbours to meet each other halfway and use dialogue and peaceful means to resolve differences, it said to Reuters, without elaborating.

The Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, is set to meet Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Beijing later on Tuesday.

On March 14, China had blocked the proposal to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and sanction him in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This was fourth time in last ten years. Pakistan based JeM had claimed responsibility for deadly Pulwama attack in India which had claimed lives of about 40 CRPF personnel and had left many injured.

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