China said on Monday it was “shocked” by the attack on an Indian Army base in Uri and expressed concern over escalation of violence in the region even as France sought “decisive action” against terror groups such as Lashkar-eTaiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed that target India.
In an unusually detailed reaction to the terror attack and the violence in Kashmir, China’s foreign ministry urged India and Pakistan – Beijing’s close strategic ally – to resolve outstanding issues through negotiations.
The foreign ministry also indicated the Chinese government was worried about the status of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), because of the security situation in the region.
Reacting to the Uri attack, foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said: “We are shocked by this attack…We want to express our deep sympathies and condolences to the effected families and the injured.”
He reiterated China’s concern about the situation in Kashmir, describing it as an “escalation”. Lu said: “China opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. We are concerned about this escalation and rising temperatures surrounding Kashmir situation.
“We hope relevant parties will have dialogue and consultation to resolve their differences and enhance counter-terrorism cooperation. Only this way can they safeguard peace and security in their region.”
France too condemned the “terrible attack” in Uri and said it would stand by India in the fight against terrorism. It called on every state to fight terror groups “operating on their territory or from their territory against other countries”.
“We call for decisive action to be taken, in accordance with international law, against the terrorist groups targeting India, particularly the Lashkar-eTaiba, the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen”, said a deputy spokesperson of the French foreign ministry.
A statement issued by the foreign ministry also said France “recalls the importance it attaches to…the peaceful settlement of disputes in the region of Kashmir”.
(With inputs from agencies)