China Condemns Pathankot Attack


Beijing: China said on Monday it “condemns” the terror attack at Pathankot but hopes India and Pakistan will continue to “enhance dialogue regardless of disruptions”.

“We condemn this attack,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. “China hopes India and Pakistan can continue to enhance their dialogue regardless of these disruptions.”

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing suggested the attack might be an attempt to derail the recent improvement in bilateral relations, in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lahore visit. “At this juncture, this attack might be launched intentionally to disrupt this momentum,” said Hua, adding that China hoped “India and Pakistan work together to maintain positive momentum”.

Hua said improvement in ties would be “of paramount significance to regional peace and stability”. She added that China “condemns all forms of terrorism, and we believe all sides should enhance dialogue and cooperation to combat all forms of terrorism.”

Beijing last week welcomed the Prime Minister’s visit to Lahore and his attempt to improve relations, saying it would support efforts by both countries to improve trust.