Beijing: China on Tuesday underlined its role in
South Asia, saying that as an "important member" of Asia it is
willing to work with India for peace and stability in the
Seeking to downplay the purported remarks of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh that Beijing "would like to have a
foothold in South Asia," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
Jiang Yu said China is committed to safeguarding peace and
stability of Asia, including South Asia.
"I would like to say that China is one of the important
members of Asia and we are committed to safeguarding peace and
stability of Asia, including South Asia, with other
countries to seek common development and this is in the common
interest of all of us," she told a media briefing here.
Her remarks came in response to a question on Singh`s
purported remarks in New Delhi yesterday.
Jiang also said China and India as emerging powers
could work together for the common development of both the
"China and India as neighbours and newly emerging powers,
good neighbourliness and friendship in pursuit of common
development serve the common interests of both the parties,"
"We are willing to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous
South Asia and we are willing to work on the basis of the five
principles of peaceful coexistence to work along with South
Asian countries, including India, to develop good
neighbourliness and cooperation," she said.
Jiang also described as "groundless and out of
ulterior motives" reports of presence of Chinese troops in
Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
To a question on Indian Ambassador S Jaishankar`s meeting
with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun here last week
during which India conveyed its concerns over the reported
presence of Chinese troops in PoK, Jiang said "such remarks
about China`s stationary troops in northern Pakistan are
completely groundless and out of ulterior motives".
She said China has provided humanitarian assistance to
flood-hit places in those areas at the request of Pakistan.
"Recently at the request of Pakistan side China has
provided humanitarian assistance materials such as life
necessities to the residents in the flood-hit areas because
earlier this year the Karakoram highway (connecting China and
Pakistan) was blocked due to landslides cutting off the links
between residents of northern Pakistan and the other areas. So
at the request of Pakistan side China has provided
humanitarian assistance," Jiang said.
Significantly, a gradual shift is also being witnessed
in China`s position on Gilgit-Baltistan areas of PoK, with the
Foreign Ministry spokesperson, in her last two media
briefings, terming these areas as "Northern Pakistan".
Meanwhile, China has increased its humanitarian
assistance to flood-hit Pakistan to 320 million yuan (USD 36.6
million). Earlier, it had provided 120 million yuan (USD 17
million) and sent a relief team to the flood-affected areas.
China yesterday announced that it would give an additional
200 million yuan (USD 29.4 million) to Pakistan.