Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: China is new suddenly all ready to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the issue of Kashmir following its $50 billion investment in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through the PoK, said a report by a Chinese run daily said.
An Article in the Global Times which is a ruling Communist Party of China publication, indicated Beijing's sudden interest in playing the middle man between the countries.
It claimed that China had mediated between Myanmar and Bangladesh over Rohingya refugees issue, the piece said, "China has always adhered to the principle of non-inference in the internal affairs of the other countries, but that doesn't mean Beijing can turn a deaf ear to the demands of Chinese enterprises in protecting their overseas investments."
"China has been at the center of a regional power shift, thus the country now needs to learn how to act as a stabilisling force and conflict mediator in the region," it said.
There is so much to learn for China about how to play its role as a regional power at a time when the country is witnessing a boom in outbound direct investment, the article said.
It is the first time that Chinese official media started floating Beijing's interest in playing a mediatory role to resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan to step up its investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
While China in the past has played down reports of the presence of its troops in PoK, saying that they were there to deliver humanitarian assistance, its USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through the disputed Gilgit and Balistan region increase4d its involvement in the disputed areas.
The CPEC will link to Pakistani city of Gwadar to China's Xinjiang via a vast network of highways and railways.
India has protested in the past to China over the CPEC and is yet to name an official delegati0on to take part in a summit of the Belt and Road initiative, of which CPEC is a part. The summit will be held on May 14-15.
Chinese official media also referred to last month's participation of Chinese troops for the first time in the Pakistan Day Parade as a sign of Chinese military playing a role in a regional stability.