Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s urged Pakistan and India to defuse tensions between their countries on the table. He was addressing a press conference in Beijing on Monday.
Answering a question on the statement of FM Qureshi about a Chinese special envoy visiting both Pakistan and India to defuse tensions between two countries, he said, “We have said many times that we hope that India and Pakistan, as two important countries in South Asia, will enjoy good neighbourliness and friendship and resolve their issues through friendly consultations. I have said that in order to alleviate recent tensions between India and Pakistan, China is in close communication with both to facilitate reconciliation and dialogue. China will continue to play a constructive role in its own way in whatever that will help ease the situation and promote regional peace and stability.”
Answering another question on the reports of Russian FM regarding making Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) a forum to discuss bilateral issues, he said, “As for your second question, I have seen relevant reports that the Russian Foreign Minister proposed to do something under the SCO mechanism. Our principled position is that we encourage all constructive efforts towards easing tensions and promoting peace and stability in the region by relevant parties of the international community.”
When asked if China was ready to mediate between Pakistan and India, like Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says his country is ready to do, he said, “Regarding the relevant remarks from the Russian side, as I said earlier, we welcome all positive measures towards easing tensions and promoting regional peace and stability. In fact, China has been in close contact with both India and Pakistan and making efforts to promote peace and facilitate talks. We will continue to play such a constructive role.”
The spokesperson also appreciated OIC for adopting a resolution in support of China’s efforts for Muslims. “The resolution adopted by the 46th session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on March 2 in Abu Dhabi speaks highly of and fully recognizes the efforts China has made for Chinese Muslims and expressed its willingness to strengthen cooperation with China. The Chinese side appreciates that very much. Not long ago, an OIC delegation visited Xinjiang when they were in China for political consultation. They saw for themselves that local Muslims live a happy life with good employment and full freedom of religion. They spoke highly of China’s ethnic and religious policies and recognized China’s efforts for preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization. In fact, China enjoys traditional friendship with Islamic countries and has close communication and exchanges with the OIC. Under the current circumstances, China stands ready to work with the OIC to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with the OIC and the Islamic world and forge the relationship into a model for cultural exchanges and South-South Cooperation,” he added.