The recent tension between India and Pakistan is being closely followed by China. The latter has now urged both the nations to exercise restraint and “manage” their differences through a “dialogue”. In the last few months, India and Pakistan have witnessed strain in the relations due to repeated firing and shelling on the International Border and Line of Control. Even the talks at the level of National Security Advisors (NSA) of the two countries were called-off late last month.
“China is following the developing situation closely,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in the Chinese capital city Beijing.
“As a neighbour and friend of India and Pakistan, China calls on the two countries exercise restraint, manage the situation through dialogue and consultation, properly deal with relevant differences and stay committed to peace and stability of South Asia,” the spokesperson added.
More than dozen civilians have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir due to the incessant ceasefire violation by the Pakistan forces. The security personnel too have suffered casualties with an army officer killed after the heavy shelling launched by the Pakistan forces in Kupwara district last week. Apart from scores of injuries, many houses in the villages too have been damaged.
Asked whether China is disappointed over India not sending troops to take part in the September 3 parade being organised by China to mark victory against Japanese troops in 2nd World War, spokesperson Hua said, “we respect the choice made by each and every country whether or not to send troops”.
The foreign office spokesperson at the same time warmly welcomed India’s decision to send MoS External Affairs Gen (Retd) VK Singh for the event.
“Chinese side welcomes Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh’s attendance at the commemoration ceremony as a special envoy of Indian government,” Ms Hua said.
Though India has decided not to send the troops, it is learnt that Pakistan is set to send a contingent of troops to take part in the parade. Besides, Pakistan has also deputed its President Mamnoon Hussain to attend the ceremony in which about 30 foreign leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye will take part.
The latest round of tension between India and Pakistan has also got other big nations worried, with even US administration urging both the countries to peacefully resolve their differences.
(With inputs from the PTI)