Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on March 25, 2019
Q: Recently the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on social media that he received a message of greetings for Pakistan’s National Day from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, and he welcomed that. Do you have any comment on it?
A: China has noted relevant reports and welcomes the exchange of goodwill between the two leaders. China supports India and Pakistan in continuing contact and dialogue to restore stability, resolve differences and improve relations. China will continue to play a constructive role to this end.
Q: Regarding India and Pakistan, you just mentioned that China is willing to play a constructive role in easing the tensions between the two countries. Earlier, China had also stated that it is willing to mediate between India and Pakistan. Do your remarks today show any evolution in China’s position on India and Pakistan?
A: China’s position is consistent and clear. India and Pakistan are both important countries in South Asia. We hope they will have a friendly and cooperative relationship and properly resolve outstanding issues in bilateral relations through dialogue and consultation. China would like to maintain friendly relations with both countries and stands ready to play a constructive role in facilitating dialogue and cooperation between them.