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China urges India, Pakistan against 'expansion' of tensions

BEIJING: China's overseas minister has referred to as on Pakistan and India to steer clear of escalating tensions, expressing to his Pakistani counterpart "deep concern" over the Kashmir disaster amid fears aerial battles could snowball into an all-out war.

Wang Yi's comments got here as Shah Mehmood Qureshi referred to as him on Wednesday to supply an update on the latest developments in the standoff, the Chinese overseas ministry stated Thursday.

Wang advised Qureshi he hoped the nuclear-armed neighbours would "exercise restraint and earnestly fulfil their commitment to preventing the expansion of the situation", a ministry remark stated.

Tensions between the historic competitors have dramatically escalated since saying they'd shot each and every different's fighter jets down Wednesday.

While each side have sought to play down the threat of war, the rare aerial engagement over the divided and disputed territory of Kashmir considerably raises the stakes in a standoff sparked by way of a suicide assault on the Indian-controlled facet earlier this month.

New Delhi had vowed retaliation after a Pakistan-based militant workforce Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed the assault, which killed dozens of troops in Indian Kashmir.

On Tuesday, India stated its air drive performed strikes on a JeM militant camp within Pakistan -- the first time since 1971 it hit territory in divided Kashmir.

Beijing, one among Pakistan's closest allies, has poured billions of dollars into the rustic as a part of a large infrastructure mission that seeks to attach China's western province of Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar in Balochistan.

On Wednesday, Britain, France, and the United States asked the UN Security Council to position JeM chief Masood Azhar on the UN terror blacklist, which might matter him to a global travel ban and assets freeze -- a motion China is anticipated to object to.

China blocked makes an attempt to impose sanctions on the JeM chief in 2016 and 2017. The workforce itself was once added to the terror list in 2001.

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