China sends Vice Foreign Minister to Pak to discuss Indo-Pak tensions

China sends Vice Foreign Minister to Pak to discuss Indo-Pak tensions
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Beijing, Mar 6: China said Wednesday that it has despatched Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou to Islamabad to discuss the Indo-Pak tensions following the Pulwama attack.
“He (Kong) is now visiting Pakistan. He is in communication with Pakistan on the India-Pakistan situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here.
Tensions escalated between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack in Kashmir which killed 49 CRPF personnel and was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
After the suicide attack, India carried out air strikes against the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26. In the operation, a very large number of JeM militants, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for suicide attacks were killed.
The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial confrontation and captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India on Friday.
“His visit is designed for communication with Pakistan for the situation concerning both India and Pakistan. China has been promoting peace and stability in this region. We hope that Pakistan and India will maintain friendly relations,” Lu said.
Hours after India’s Balakot airstrike, China, which has good diplomatic ties with Islamabad, urged India and Pakistan to “exercise restraint” and asked New Delhi to carry out its fight against terrorism through international cooperation.