China welcomes India's initiative to break the ice with Pakistan: report

Published: March 18, 2015
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India and Pakistan have launched dialogue to ease tensions, says Chinese official. PHOTO: AFP

India and Pakistan have launched dialogue to ease tensions, says Chinese official. PHOTO: AFP

China has welcomed India’s initiative to break the ice with Pakistan and said it is nudging Pakistan to improve relations with India, raising hopes that it may prevail upon its ally to work toward easing tension in the subcontinent. 

“India and Pakistan have launched dialogue to ease tensions. We understand that it is not an easy task but we appreciate that Delhi has taken initiatives to launch a process to improve relations with Islamabad. China is working towards influencing Pakistan for better ties with India,” a senior Chinese official told Economic Times ahead of Modi’s visit to Beijing.

A senior Pakistani expert also indicated that China was in talks with Pakistan to find a way forward in improving ties with its Eastern neighbour.

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This is the first such statement from China, which, India believes, has been arming and abetting Pakistan as part of its strategy to contain India and thereby maintain a dominant presence in South Asia.

Experts have also said that China has been worried about the growing spectre of terrorism not only in Pakistan but also within its territory in Xinjiang region.

The Chinese official further suggested that while China was in efforts to influence Pakistan, India should also take initiatives simultaneously to improve relations with it’s western neighbour.

These remarks are significant as they come ahead of the first Sino-Indian Special Representative (SR) dialogue under the Modi government in Delhi on March 23, where the regional situation and boundary dispute will be discussed.

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The official did not want to preempt the outcome of the next SR level dialogue, saying that the “matter is sensitive” and the two leaders, Modi and Xi, will decide on the course of action when they meet in China in May

“A warm reception awaits PM Modi in China similar to the one Xi received in Ahmedabad last September,” he said.

India has on many occasions expressed its reservations about China’s role in propping up Pakistan. The official, however, said his country’s goal is to improve economic conditions of Pakistan.

This article originally appeared in The Economic Times 

 

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Reader Comments (7)

  • amir
    Mar 18, 2015 - 11:54AM

    It seems after USA china is also ditching pakistanRecommend

  • chandran
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:21PM

    No more American master for both India and Pakistan now Chinese master for us
    more over China is our neighbor also. So love thy neighborRecommend

  • Jimmy
    Mar 18, 2015 - 3:15PM

    I smell Something Burning.

    Poor Pakistanis trying all their TRICKS to get the Attention of India & MODI.

    Even China is Ditching them.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2015 - 4:13PM

    @Jimmy:
    Only if you remember Obama’s visit and after that ice breaking started.. You know what I mean!Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:42PM

    @Jimmy:

    I smell Something Burning.
    Poor Pakistanis trying all their TRICKS to get the Attention of India & MODI.
    Even China is Ditching them.

    Poor Jimmy sorry but its just you who smells.

    Webdesk of ET has done what it does best Ctrl-C & Ctrl-V the India biased article and post it on without any editorial input.

    “India and Pakistan have launched dialogue to ease tensions. We understand that IT IS NOT AN EASY TASK but we appreciate that Delhi has taken initiatives to launch a process to improve relations with Islamabad. China is working towards influencing Pakistan for better ties with India,”

    China understands the Modi’s govt is in tight spot due its own goals and lost initiative & pre-election babbling so it just giving it some sort of diplomatic hello smile which usually follows the line “Is not very hot today as yesterday, isn’t it?

    regards, Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:22PM

    India has no other option left so they are now being forced to improve ties with Pakistan. Pakistan played its positive role but India remained reluctant but now after being pressurized from Obama and China, India is trying to improve ties with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Dan
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:47PM

    @Ahmed
    No one can pressurize India. Don’t forget that our Foreign Secretary was on SAARC tour & that too he went to Pakistan which was his 3rd country in the list of countries. He visited Pakistan after Bhutan and Bangladesh. China on the other hand is preparing for Mr. Modi’s visit and so wishes well for India. Don’t forget that Indo- China business is of 70-80 billion USD which will be around 500 billion USD in the coming 5 years. This simply sums up whom China considers as its important neighbor India or Pakistan. So it is imperative for Pakistan to have a good relation with India and not vice versa. Recommend

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