China offers its influential role to improve Indo-Pakistan tensed relations

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan reads a letter from Chinese leadership presented by Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing during a courtesy call at his Bangala residence.

ISLAMABAD: China has shown its desire to support every move aimed to improve ties between India and Pakistan. In this connection, the Chinese ambassador to Islamabad, Luo Zhaohui last week visited Amritsar and Wagah, and spoke of improved ties between India and Pakistan. “Besides wearing a turban, drinking lassi, chatting with farmers and paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Ambassador Luo went to the Indo-Pak border at Attari-Wagah.”
“After watching the popular flag-lowering ceremony, Mr Luo tweeted his hope for “peace, friendship and cooperation” between India and Pakistan.
“Such sentiment, of cou­rse, runs against Delhi’s traditional wariness on China’s role in India-Pakistan relations over the last many decades. Sceptics might say Luo’s hope is less about articulating China’s policy than the envoy’s well-known high-octane diplomatic style. A number of factors, however, might be at work in the north-western Subcontinent to nudge the narrative on the triangular relationship in a more positive direction, the analysis noted.
It is pertinent to mention here that Luo Zhaohui recently endorsed the idea of trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), saying it could “in the future” help resolve bilateral issues between New Delhi and Islamabad and help maintain peace.
In May 2017, Lou offered to rename the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to accommodate India’s concerns at a meeting a New Delhi.
But China distanced itself from its envoy’s comments on the idea of trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the aegis of the SCO, but underlined the importance of strengthening of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad to improve mutual trust.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, when asked about Luo’s comments, said both India and Pakistan are China’s friends and neighbours.”We are willing to conduct relations with all our neighbours including Pakistan and India to strengthen our cooperation for better development and stability in this region. We also hope India, Pakistan can strengthen their dialogue to improve mutual trust in their bilateral relations. This is in the interest of the regional countries,” he said.
His comments on the issue was subsequently removed from the transcript posted on the website of the Chinese embassy apparently following objections from Pakistan.
He also declined to answer a question on the Chinese Embassy erasing envoy’s comments from the transcript posted on the website.
Reacting to Luo’s remarks about a possible trilateral summit, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi said matters related to India-Pakistan ties are “purely bilateral in nature” and have “no scope for involvement of any third party”.
In response to queries on the comments made by Luo, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “We have seen reports on comments made by the Chinese ambassador in this matter. We have not received any such suggestion from the Chinese government.
“We consider the statement as the personal opinion of the ambassador. Matters related to India-Pakistan relations are purely bilateral in nature and have no scope for involvement of any third country.”
Chinese envoy meets Imran
Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Pakistan Yao Jing called on Imran Khan at his Banigala residence and congratulated him on behalf of the Chinese government and Communist Party on success in the recently-held general elections.
According to a statement issued by the party, both the dignitaries discussed topics of mutual interest as the Chinese envoy ensured continuity in cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of economy, trade and international relations.
According to sources, they also discussed the issue of Pak-India tensed relations and Chinese envoy offered his country’s good influence to improve these ties.
Imran Khan thanked the Chinese envoy and said Pakistan would want to benefit from the Chinese government’s experience in getting rid of poverty and unemployment.“We want to collaborate with China in the fields of environment protection and renewable energy,” said the PTI chairman.