Beijing: China is "working hard" to improve ties between India and close-ally Pakistan, despite facing heavy criticism from within and its expression of happiness over President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to India is "no hollow
diplomatic gesture", a state-run daily said Tuesday.
"China has been committed to peaceful development,
including efforts at fostering peace between long-term
rivals," an article in Global Times, a ruling Communist Party run daily said. Significantly it said China is pursuing this policy despite internal criticism.
"China has been working hard to help better the relationship between India and Pakistan, a move that has even
been lambasted by some of its own nationals", it said.
China's expression of happiness over the meeting between
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali
Zardari in New Delhi last week is "no hollow diplomatic
gesture", it added.
The article has not elaborated on criticism within China
to the policy of encouraging rapprochement Pakistan, China's
long term close ally and India which is perceived as a
strategic rival in the Chinese establishment.
As China improved its relations with India on trade and
political fronts in the past few years, much to the disquiet
of Pakistan, this is the first time that a Chinese daily
referred to such criticism.
The article said despite China's efforts to improve
India-Pak relations, "the so-called "China Threat" theory
chanted by the West has blinded some neighbouring countries
into taking a hardline approach against China".
"India is an example of this" it said pointing to
reports that India has become the largest buyer of arms in the
region which in turn led to concerns from "analysts that it is
engaging in an arms race with its northern neighbour".
Now if China's policymakers were to hire a policy
advisor from the West, it would most likely receive the
suggestion to counter India's hostility by encouraging or even
supporting Pakistan to harass India, distracting it from
focusing its military on China, it said without referring to
existing close military ties between Beijing and Islamabad.
"The US is no doubt a master of this "art," as it has
been turning countries around the world against each other.
This way, the US has ensured its geopolitical supremacy and
benefit from arms sales in the meantime," it said.
As developing state itself, China understands how
important a peaceful external environment means to India and
Pakistan, where living standards still require major improvements. Hence, rather than aggravate regional tensions,
China has been promoting dialogue and cooperation between the
two", it said. Similarly, China has encouraged North and South
Korea to reduce tension through diplomacy, it said.
"The West labels China as a threat because it fears the
prospect its dominance on world affairs will be over.
There is no need for profound historical or political
knowledge to know where the threat truly lies," it said.
First Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 11:35