China praises Pakistan for 'exercising restraint' during tensions with India over Kashmir dispute

Chinese vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou said China and Pakistan were “all-weather” strategic partners and that they always supported each other, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Reuters March 07, 2019 12:46:22 IST
China praises Pakistan for 'exercising restraint' during tensions with India over Kashmir dispute
  • China has praised Pakistan’s restraint and willingness to talk with India to ease tensions between the two countries

  • Chinese vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou said Beijing and Islamabad were all-weather strategic partners and that they always supported each other

  • The ministry said Kong had met Prime Minister Imran Khan, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Beijing: China has praised Pakistan’s "restraint" and willingness to talk with India to ease tensions between the two countries after a deadly terror attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir's Pulwama district on 14 February.

China praises Pakistan for exercising restraint during tensions with India over Kashmir dispute

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Pakistan is facing pressure from global powers to act against groups carrying out attacks in India, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 40 CRPF jawans.

The incident led to the most serious conflict in years between the nuclear-armed neighbours, with cross-border air strikes and a dogfight over the skies of Kashmir. The crisis eased after Pakistan returned a downed IAF pilot named Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday. Visiting Pakistan on Wednesday, Chinese vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou said Beijing and Islamabad were “all-weather” strategic partners and that they always supported each other, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"China has paid close attention to the present situation between Pakistan and India, and appreciates Pakistan’s remaining calm and exercising restraint from the beginning, and persisting in pushing to lower the temperature with India via dialogue," the ministry paraphrased Kong as saying.

China maintains that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and does not want to see "acts that violate the norms of international relations", Kong added. "China calls on Pakistan and India to refrain from taking actions that aggravate the situation, show goodwill and flexibility, launch dialogue as soon as possible, and work together to maintain regional peace and stability," he said.

China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in this regard, Kong said.

The ministry said Kong had met Prime Minister Imran Khan, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

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