‘China to help maintain peace in S. Asia’

November 12, 2003

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BEIJING, Nov 11: China will continue its efforts to maintain peace and stability in South Asia, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Tuesday.

He told a press conference that maintaining and improving both Sino-Indian and Sino-Pakistan relationships was conducive to South Asia’s peace, stability, security and regional cooperation.

He said India and Pakistan were China’s friendly neighbours. While maintaining a good neighbourly cooperative relationship with Pakistan for many years, China kept improving its relationship with India in recent years, he said.

According to the spokesman, joint naval exercise between China and India were to be held off the Shanghai port on Nov 14.—APP