New Delhi, May 2: “Global Times”, a Chinese state-run daily in an article published on Monday focused on China’s “vested interest” in the resolution of Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan because of its (China’s) massive investment in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative in this region.
Though China has always upheld the principle of non-interference in the internal matters of other countries, “it can no longer turn a deaf ear to the demands of the Chinese enterprises in protecting their overseas investments”, the article said.
With Beijing’s massive investments in countries along the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, China now has a “vested interest in helping resolve regional conflicts including the dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the daily said.
The article advises that while Beijing has the capability due to its “increased economic influence” to help resolve conflicts in the region, prudence must be practised when dealing with the region's “big powers,” including India.
“The nation needs to be very prudent in dealing with other big powers, India included, in the region,” the ‘Global Times’ article says, pointing out the mediation between Pakistan and India over Kashmir “would perhaps be one of the toughest challenges facing China in dealing with regional affairs to safeguard its overseas interests”.
It notes that as China stands in the centre of a “regional power shift,” it must “learn to act as a stabilising force.”
“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 column says.