ISLAMABAD: China has conveyed India a message of peace from Islamabad and urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate a dialogue with Pakistan to help reduce tensions between the two nuclear-capable nations.
The development comes on the heels of the completion of five-year tenure of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.
Perhaps, with the departure of the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, the military was eager to commence dialogue with India, reflecting the talks offer came directly from the military establishment which had ‘suspected’ Nawaz Sharif’s overtures with Modi.
Indian media also reported on Monday, quoting Chinese Ambassador to New Delhi Luo Zhaohui, that China has proposed a trilateral dialogue involving China, Pakistan and India.
Speaking at a seminar in Delhi, Ambassador Luo Zhaohui said China “cannot stand another Doklam” and pitched a trilateral summit on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
“We cannot stand another Doklam; we need to control, manage, narrow differences through expanding cooperation. The boundary question was left over by history. We need to find a mutually acceptable solution through special representatives,” said the Chinese envoy.
“Some Indian friends suggested that India, China and Pakistan may have some kind of trilateral summit on the sidelines of the SCO. So, if China, Russia and Mongolia can have a trilateral summit, then why not India, China and Pakistan?” he said, adding that 5Cs would help promote India-China ties, including communication, cooperation, contacts, coordination and control.
Though Ambassador Luo did not elaborate on whether the proposed trilateral mechanism would include Kashmir dispute, the reference to Doklam reflected he meant Kashmir as well.