China urges restraint from India, Pakistan to avoid escalation of tension
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Wuzhen of east China's Zhejiang Province.
Swaraj is in Wuzhen to attend a meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Russia, and India.
The leaders of China and India held a successful informal meeting last year in the city of Wuhan, leading bilateral relations into a new stage of mature and stable development, Wang said.
In the new year, China and India should implement the important consensus reached by their leaders, plan for the celebration activities marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and promote stable and further development of bilateral relations, he said.
Wang said China is concerned about the current tension in South Asia. As a friend of both India and Pakistan, China urges restraint from the two sides to avoid escalation of the situation.
China expects the two countries to find out the truth of the relevant incident through dialogue and jointly safeguard regional peace, he said.
Swaraj said India and China should work together to safeguard peace and tranquility of their border regions and push forward the stable development of bilateral relations.
India maintains that the international community should work in solidarity and coordination to combat terrorism, Swaraj added, noting that India will deal with relevant issues in a responsible and restrained manner.
(Cover: China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj pose after the inaugural session of an India-China media forum in New Delhi, December 21, 2018. /VCG Photo)