Journal : MInistry of Foreign Affairs Press Briefing Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA
URL : https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/web/fyrbt_673021/t1642240.shtml

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on March 1, 2019

Q: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday said that the Indian pilot in Pakistan’s custody would be released today. I was wondering if China has played any behind-the-scene role in facilitating the release of the Indian pilot?

A: From the very beginning, China has been calling on both India and Pakistan to exercise the utmost restraint and take measures to resolve problems and ease tensions between the two sides through dialogue.

I noted the situation you just mentioned. The Chinese side welcomes the above-mentioned decision of the Pakistani side and the signal of goodwill it sent to India. India and Pakistan are each other’s neighbors that cannot move away. The de-escalation of tensions between the two countries is in the fundamental interests of both sides. We encourage both parties to continue to meet each other half way, take substantive steps in resolving relevant disputes through consultation and dialogue, and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.

Q: In addition to the release of the captured Indian pilot, Pakistan Prime Minister also reiterated his offer to investigate Pulwama incident if India gives credible evidence. What are your comments on this?

A: As I said when answering the Indian journalist’s question, we have noted relevant reports and we welcome Pakistan’s goodwill gesture.

China always maintains that India and Pakistan should continue to take more positive measures to create an enabling atmosphere, strive to resolve all outstanding issues between them through dialogue, and jointly stay committed to keeping the region peaceful and stable, including what Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to do, like you said. It serves the interests of both countries and is what China hopes to see.

 

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