China concerned over ‘rising temperatures’ in Kashmir

Beijing: China on Monday condemned the terror attack on the Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir and said it was concerned over the “rising temperatures” in its aftermath. Beijing also asked India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue.

“China opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. We are concerned about this escalation and rising temperatures surrounding the Kashmir situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.

“We want to express our deep sympathies and condolences to the affected families and the injured,” Lu said, referring to the 18 soldiers killed in the Sunday morning terror attack near Uri town.

“We hope relevant parties will have dialogue and consultation to resolve their differences and enhance counter terrorism cooperation. Only this way can they safeguard peace and security in their region,” he said.

Asked if the attack could affect the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistani Kashmir, 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.”

In his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G20 this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue of terrorism emanating from Gilgit-Baltistan where the proposed corridor goes through.

“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.