China willing to play ‘constructive role’ to improve India-Pak ties

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on August 22 said that China willing to play a “constructive role” in improving India and Pakistan ties. He said this while attending a press briefing.

While calling India and Pakistan ‘important countries in South Asia’, Kang added, “We have noted relevant reports and we welcome the positive remarks made by the Indian and Pakistani leaders on improving bilateral relations.”

He further said that Beijing welcomed the “positive” comments recently made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new Pakistani counterpart, Imran Khan, on improving bilateral ties.

“Both Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia. As a common neighbor to Pakistan and India, China firmly supports the two sides to enhance dialogue increase mutual trust, properly handle and solve their differences,” spokesman added.

“The improvement and development of their bilateral ties are very important to regional peace, stability, and prosperity. As a neighbor to both Pakistan and India, China sincerely hopes that the two sides could enhance dialogue, increase mutual trust, properly handle and resolve differences, and make joint contributions to regional peace and development. China is willing to play a constructive role in this regard,” the spokesperson noted.

“I cannot make a prediction for you at this moment as to when and how China will do something. But it is obvious that playing a constructive role means advancing, consolidating and sustaining positive momentum.”