China skirts reference to Pakistan, Jaish
Skirting direct reference to Pakistan and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), China on Monday voiced concern over the "escalation" of tensions and "rising temperatures" in Kashmir, after the Uri terror attack and called on India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue.
"We have noted relevant reports. We are shocked by this attack," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said when asked about Beijing's reaction to Sunday’s Uri attack and India's charge that Pakistan-based militant group JeM was behind it.
The JeM has special significance as Beijing has put a technical hold over India's efforts to bring about a United Nations ban on the outfit's leader Masood Azhar for his involvement in the Pathankot attack in January.
Referring to the Uri attack, in which 18 soldiers lost their lives and several were injured, Lu said: "We want to express our deep sympathies and condolences to the affected families and the injured".
"China opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. We are concerned about this escalation and rising temperatures surrounding Kashmir situation," he said.
"We hope relevant parties will have dialogue and consultation to resolve their differences and enhance counter terrorism cooperation," Lu said, without directly referring to India and Pakistan.
"Only this way can they safeguard peace and security in their region," he said.
Lu also voiced concern over the fallout of the Uri attack on the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through the PoK and said the project, in which China is investing considerable amount of resources, needs concerted efforts from all countries for its success.
Asked how China sees the impact of the escalation of violence on the CPEC, Lu said: "The building of the corridor is to drive the development of the regional countries. It needs the concerted efforts of all countries concerned to ensure the smooth running of this corridor." "At the same time I need to stress that recently in this region, especially in Kashmir region, there has been some escalation of tensions," he said.