BEIJING: China on Tuesday said both India and Pakistan were important countries in South Asia and maintaining the steady development of India-Pakistan relations was of important significance to the peace and development of the region and the world at large.
“We sincerely hope that the two countries can enhance communication and dialogue, properly handle differences, improve their relations and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Geng Shuang said during his regular briefing while commenting on cancellation of a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, which was scheduled to be held on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly.
Responding to a question, he said last week Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing met Pakistan's Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, during which the two sides had good communication on China-Pakistan relations and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
“The Chinese side commends the efforts made by the Pakistani government to promote religious harmony. Our two sides share the same position on religious issues,” he added.
Geng Shuang said in the information released by Associated Press of Pakistan on that day, the meeting was reported in an accurate way. However, some foreign media made unfounded and distorted reports on the meeting. China was firmly opposed to that.
He said, “Chinese government governs and develops Xinjiang in accordance with law.” A host of policies and measures had been introduced to promote stability, development and solidarity and improve people's livelihood in Xinjiang, thus safeguarding social stability and lasting peace there.
He said currently, Xinjiang enjoyed social stability and a sound momentum of economic development with people of different ethnic groups living in harmony.