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China welcomes de-escalation of Indo-Pak tensions; makes no mention of Masood Azhar in annual presser

File photo of China's foreign minister Wang Yi Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 08, 2019, 11.48 AM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in on Friday welcomed de-escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan that were on the rise since the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama region. However, the Chinese foreign minister made no mention of Pakistan support's to terrorism on its soil.

Addressing the annual presser in Beijing, Wang Yi said, "China has played a constructive role and both India and Pakistan have indicated the desire to de-escalate and we welcome this."

The foreign minister also did not make any comments on the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar under the UN terror list. 

The development comes in the backdrop of India Pakistan tensions. Last week in response to India's anti-terror operation in Balakot, Pakistan launched strikes on Indian military installations. 

Wan Yi also called 2018 a year of "great significance for China India relations" and added, cooperation between the two countries should "surge ahead like Ganga and the Yangtze giving a strong and sustained impetus to our relationship."

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping both have met four times in 2018 starting with the famous Wuhan informal summit in April to the last meeting on the sidelines of G20 summit in Argentina.

Wang Yi said, "Over the past year government departments on both sides have done a lot and made considerable progress in following through on many of the understandings reached between our leaders. The priority now is that strategic understanding of our leaders trickles down to our common people".

Chinese President will be coming to India in 2019 for the second informal summit between both countries.

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Addressing the annual presser in Beijing, Wang Yi said, 'China has played a constructive role and both India and Pakistan have indicated the desire to de-escalate and we welcome this.'