Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on February 28, 2019
Q: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said during a televised broadcast to the nation on February 27 that his country does not want to see further deterioration of the situation and is ready to cooperate with India on the investigation of the attack in India-controlled Kashmir region. He said that war does no good to the two sides and invited India to come to the negotiating table to resolve the issue. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj also said that her country does not want to see an escalation of the situation and would act with responsibility and restraint. What is your comment? What can China do to alleviate tension between India and Pakistan?
A: China always believes that all countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity shall be respected, and we do not wish to see any violation against the UN Charter and the norms of international law. The Chinese side is concerned about the escalating tension between India and Pakistan. You may notice that State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed China’s worries and concerns when talking with the Indian Foreign Minister and holding a phone call with the Pakistani Foreign Minister. We urge India and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint and come back to the negotiating table at an early date so that the situation will be effectively brought under control and regional peace and stability will be jointly upheld.
China has been in close communication with both India and Pakistan on the current situation and making efforts to promote peace. Like what you mentioned, we noted that neither Pakistan nor India want to see a deterioration or escalation of the situation. We encourage the two sides to meet each other halfway and resolve the issue through dialogue. China stands ready to continue with its constructive role in this regard.
Q:Another question about Pakistan and India. The Foreign Ministry has released a statement about a phone call that Wang Yi held with the Pakistani foreign minister last night. I was wondering if you could offer more details about the phone call? The statement said that the Pakistani foreign minister shared the news and developments of the situation. Can you elaborate on what those might be?
A: China released information on this phone call very timely last night, or more accurately, early this morning.
Through this urgent phone call, Pakistani Foreign Minister briefed State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the current situation and the Pakistani government’s assessment and considerations. He also expressed Pakistan’s hope that China will continue to play an active role in easing tensions. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated China’s view on the current situation. We are truly concerned about the current tensions in India-Pakistan relations. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated China’s hope that India and Pakistan could exercise restraint and earnestly fulfill their commitment to preventing escalation. He stressed explicitly that sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also talked about China’s recent efforts in facilitating reconciliation and dialogue. You may read our press release for more information.