Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pakistan Appeals To China For Help In Easing Its Tensions With India

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing today. Photo: Govt of Pakistan Twitter

SCMP: Pakistan appeals to China for help easing conflict with India

* Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi makes late night call to Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as tensions mount in South Asia
* Wang appeals to both sides to ‘exercise restraint’ to prevent tensions escalating

Pakistan has approached China to mediate in its conflict with India, saying it hopes Beijing can play a constructive role in easing the tensions.

The request was made late Wednesday night in a phone call from Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, according to a statement published on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website on Thursday.

Qureshi told Wang about the latest developments in the conflict and expressed his hope that Beijing would continue to play a role in helping to resolve it, the statement said.

Wang was quoted as saying he hoped “both Pakistan and India would exercise restraint to prevent an expansion of the situation”, reiterating comments he had made the previous day.

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WNU Editor: China's influence over India is very limited, and Pakistan knows that. What Pakistan wants is China's diplomatic support and (maybe) some military assistance. But here is an easy prediction. China is not going to get involved.

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