China on Monday reiterated its intent to remain engaged in easing tensions between India and Pakistan following last month’s Pulwama terror attack.
In response to a question regarding the exchange of greetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the occasion of Pakistan’s National Day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said China welcomed “the goodwill sent out to each other by both India and Pakistani leaders.”
He added: “We support the two sides in maintaining engagement and improve their relations, stabilise the situation and resolve their differences.” China, he said, will “continue to play a constructive role to this end.”
Asked specifically whether continued to back “mediation” between India and Pakistan, Mr. Geng said: “China’s position on the Issue of India-Pakistan relations is consistent. These two are important South Asian countries, and we hope they will resolve the issues through dialogue and consultation.”
The spokesperson pointed out that, “China hopes to stay in friendly relations with both of them and we will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the peace talks between these two countries.”
Addressing an annual press conference on the sidelines of the session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on March 8, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had affirmed that China was engaged in “mediation efforts” to ease tensions between India and Pakistan. Mr. Wang’s remarks had followed the visit to Pakistan by Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou.