China hopes India, Pakistan will improve ties through dialogue

China looks forward to early accession of Pakistan and India as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

News Desk March 14, 2017
China looks forward to early accession of Pakistan and India as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

BEIJING: China on Tuesday expressed hope that Pakistan and India will overcome their differences through a renewed dialogue process that stalled last year following increasing unrest in Indian-held Kashmir and Uri attacks.

“Both India and Pakistan are China's important neighbours and important countries in South Asia. China hopes that India and Pakistan can enhance mutual trust and improve relations through more dialogues. This is conducive to not only the two countries themselves but also to regional prosperity and development,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying during a press briefing in Beijing.

Alarming arms race among Pakistan, India and China

The spokesperson added that China also looks forward to the early accession of Pakistan and India to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as full members so they could work with other members for the security, stability, development and prosperity of the region.

“The memorandum on the obligations for India and Pakistan to obtain membership in the SCO was signed at the SCO Tashkent Summit in 2016. Currently, all sides are going through relevant legal procedures in accordance with the memorandum,” the spokesperson said while responding to a question.

Relations between Pakistan and Indian worsened in September 2016, when militants attacked an army base in the held valley of Kashmir and killed 18 Indian soldiers, a raid New Delhi blamed on Islamabad.

Pakistan had denied involvement, but the diplomatic fallout and India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan internationally continued, though failed.

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Sajid Ansari | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend No, sorry, NO TALKS with INDIA on any issue, because India plays "Monkey Business" as whenever India is in trouble because of an uncontrollable situation in Kashmir, India ask for 'Talks" in order to defuse the situation and then plays Monkey Biz, using delay tactics in to start the Talks, because of which the matter is fizzled out. Pakistan is totally fed-up so "NO more Talk", so we will either get the dispute of Kashmir resolved through UN Resolution-1948 of Plebiscite in Kashmir or through a decisive war, for which we are ally fully prepared.
Vectra | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend So China why not first agreeing to India NSG part??
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