China watching latest developments on Kashmir: envoy


ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said that the unilateral decision of the Indian government, changing the status of Kashmir will have a very negative repercussion on peace and stability in the region.
Indian government went to take a unilateral decision, changing the status of Kashmir, this will definitely have negative repercussion. They are closely watching the situation. Both Pakistan and China are working together to maintain peace and stability in the region, he said.
The ambassador made this statement while speaking at a farewell reception hosted by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed for the outgoing DCM Zhao Lijian as well as to welcome New DCM & Minister Counselor Pang Chunxue here on Thursday.
The ceremony was attended by newly-appointed Chinese Deputy Head of Mission/Minister Counsellor Pang Chunxue and Director Higher Education Commission (HEC) Mohammad Raza Chohan, besides the recipients of scholars, males and females from various educational institutions of the country. There are a big number of Pakistani students who will be availing themselves of the Chinese government’s scholarships (2019) for different duration, in a variety of disciplines.
It is pertinent to mention here that Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission Lijian Zhao left his office yesterday. He has been replaced by another senior diplomat, Ms. Pang Chunxue who is already in Islamabad. Zhao had served on more than one occasion in Islamabad. Altogether he served more than eight years in Pakistan.
He became the first Chinese diplomat in Islamabad who effectively used twitter to explain things about CPEC projects and Pak-China relations and became a house hold name in Pakistan.
Zhao was born in Hebei province, China in 1972. He obtained a master’s degree in political affairs and joined Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996. As a junior diplomat he has served in Washington.
Between 2013 and 2015, he served as Director in Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh affairs in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. And from July 2015 till May 2017 he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and political counsellor in Chinese Embassy in Pakistan. He was then promoted to Minister Counselor and served in the twin capacity of DCM and Minister Counselor till now.
Zhao has been the ever first Chinese diplomat who was very well known in Islamabad’s diplomatic, political and media circles. He developed large presence and visibility and Pakistanis have lined up farewell dinners for him. He is being offered warm good byes on twitter too.

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