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China favours Pakistan—Will it affect Indo-China Ties?

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-03-09

Chinese state Councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi in his annual presser on Friday talked about close links between India and china but made no mention that Pakistan supports terrorism.  Rather he called India and Pakistan to exercise "calm, restraint and prevent an escalation and resolve the matter through dialogue."

Wang Yi said, "China has played a constructive role and both India and Pakistan have indicated the desire to de-escalate and we welcome this. "The foreign minister also did not make any comments on the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar under the UN terror list. 

“In the meanwhile, the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity should fully be respected. China followed these principles in its meditation and played a constructive role in defusing the tension,” mentioned Wang Yi.

The development comes in the backdrop of India-Pakistan tensions last week which escalated rapidly leading to Pakistan launching strikes on Indian military installations.

Chinese vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou was on Pakistan visit from 5th to 6th March. Calling 2018 as a year of "great significance for China India relations" Wang Yi said cooperation between the two countries should "surge ahead like Ganga and the Yangtze giving a strong and sustained impetus to our relationship."

Chinese President will be coming to India in 2019 for the 2nd informal summit between the countries.

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