China and India should resolve bilateral issues by talking, says China

BEIJING: China said on Friday that India and Pakistan should peacefully resolve the Kashmir issue and other disputes through dialogue and expressed support for the international community, including the US, in playing a “constructive role” to improve relations in Indo-Pak.
The Chinese reaction came after US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to be a “mediator” between India and Pakistan over Kashmir during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said “as neighbors of Pakistan and India. China sincerely hopes that Pakistan and India can live in harmony.”
“We hope that the two countries can resolve the Kashmir issue and other bilateral disputes peacefully through dialogue and make joint efforts to preserve peace and stability in South Asia,” Hua said in a guarded reaction.
“We support the international community, including the US, by playing a constructive role in improving Pakistan-India relations through dialogue,” quoted the Hua Agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), an official Pakistani news agency.
President Trump, who is known to be making inaccurate statements, claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate the Kashmir issue during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
India has denied Donald Trump’s claim and said that Prime Minister Modi had not made such a request and Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has denied that Prime Minister Modi ever made a request to President Trump.
“I would like to categorically reassure Parliament that the Prime Minister did not make such a request to the US President. I reiterate, he did not make such a request to the US President,” he said in a statement to Parliament.
Following remarks by Donald Trump, the US State Department, in an effort to control the damage, later said he considered Kashmir a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and was only ready to help if the two countries wanted it.

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