India-Pak tensions to figure in Qureshi-Wang talks: China


China said on Monday that tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama attack would figure in the first strategic dialogue between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday.
Qureshi is visiting China, days after Beijing for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Wednesday to designate Pakistan-based chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed group Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by putting a technical hold on the proposal, a move India termed as disappointing.
"As neighbour, China would like to see easing of tensions between the two. We would like to see the two countries continue to engage in dialogue for the peace and stability of the region," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.  
"I believe the issues causing regional tensions will be discussed," Geng said.
To another question whether the issue of listing of Azhar would figure in the talks specially in the backdrop of Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui expressing confidence that it would be resolved, Geng said, "well I can’t prejudge the topics" that are going figure in the talks.
"But they will discuss issues of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern," he said.

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