Why China is stuck into India-Pakistan tensions

China is caught into India-Pakistan crisis following tensions between the two neighboring countries in the Kashmir region when diplomatic relations have reached to the lowest point in years.

In the early hours of February 26 India launched airstrikes against the terrorist camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) region, first such incursion since the 1971 Indo-Pak war, and a day later Pakistan claimed to have shot down two Indian jets, capturing one pilot.

China shares border with the disputed region of Kashmir and it has good links with both the nations. It has close military, diplomatic and economic ties with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, China is facing trade war with United States and as an aftermath the country is looking for alternative trading partners. India is a rising power and ties are on the card. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Beijing twice in 2018.

Earlier this week Chinese Foreign Ministry called both the nations to focus on regional peace and stability.

Later, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is learned to have asked Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a telephonic discussion to play constructive role in easing tensions with India.

Director of China Institute at SOAS University of London, Steve Tsang, said China will not benefit if tensions spiraled between the two countries.

According to experts the best role for China is to join US in working to defuse tensions between the two neighbors.

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