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Chinese submarine docking in Karachi no threat to India: PLA

Beijing: Playing down its submarine’s docking in Pakistan’s Karachi port in May, China has said the movement of Chinese vessels was not directed against any third party and the PLA navy’s activities in the Indian Ocean were “open and transparent”.

Replying to questions about concerns in India over the docking of Chinese submarines in Colombo last year and in Karachi in May, Chinese Defence Spokesman Senior Colonel Yang Yujin said the movement of Chinese vessels was not directed against any third party.

Major Jiang Bin, Staff Officer of the Asian Affairs Bureau of the Chinese Defence Ministry, said, “About the PLA navy’s activities in the Indian Ocean, they are open and transparent activities. We have clearly stated to India and other countries in the region.”

Indian side has already extended the invitation to PLA Navy to attend the international fleet review in India in February 2016. This shows a lot of cooperation at the military level. Now the relationship between the two sides has become much more mature, he told a visiting Indian media delegation.

Chinese military officials also said Pakistan has been expressing concern over growing Sino-India ties and have sought clarification whether it will impact their “all- weather” bilateral ties.

“Frankly speaking┬áPakistan friends asked similar question we notice you are making lot of progress in relations with India, will this effect China-Pakistan relations,” Jiang said.

While Pakistan is a traditionally friendly country of China, Sino-India relations have been developing quite well over the years, especially after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India last year and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to China this year, he said.

“After this bilateral relations are developing better and better,” Jiang, one of the officers handling India-China relations, said during a presentations by various Chinese military experts headed by Chinese military spokesman senior Colonel Yang to the resident Indian correspondents and members of visiting Indian media delegation.

The presentations yesterday by the Chinese military officials and experts for the first time highlighted the unease felt in Pakistan over the growing Sino-Indian relations, especially between the two militaries.

Playing down the impact of “all weather” China-Pakistan relations on Sino-India ties, Jiang said “our policy is that developing China Pakistan relations was never directed against India” and Beijing would like to serve as a bridge between New Delhi and Islamabad.

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