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BEIJING – China has offered a mediation between Pakistan and India to normalize the disturbed ties between two neighboring states, the media reports said on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s counselor for China-Asia Mr Yuwan said China is ready to play any possible role to de-escalate Pak-India tensions for stability in the region.

“We are ready to provide our full assistance,” he said, further adding China will try the best to resolve the conflict between Pakistan and India as the hostility between Islamabad and New Delhi not only affects the two states but also the entire South Asian region.

Responding to a question, he accepted the fact that there was an “imbalance of power” in South Asia and that there was need to fill the gaps.

On the occasion, the Chinese counselor also said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)is a game changer for the whole region and China would complete it with the cooperation of Pakistan.

Earlier Chinese analysts had asserted that India’s to completely seal the Pak-border by 2018 was an irrational step which would further worsen the bilateral relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Hu Zhiyong, who happens to be a research fellow at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’s Institute of International Relations, said the Indian decision to shut down the borders with Pakistan is illogical since no investigation has been conducted for Uri attack –which according to India was planned by Pakistan.

“No evidence proves Pakistan is behind the attack, Hu has been quoted as saying by Beijing-based Global Times, further suggesting that a “completely sealed” border between Pakistan and Indian would also close the door of talks among the two neighbouring countries.

The Director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies, Wang Dehua, also opposed to the Indian decision, saying: “The country’s decision reflects its Cold War mentality, and will only cause deeper hatred among residents living in Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.”

He further added that a peaceful resolution on the Kashmir dispute is not only in the interest of Pakistan and India but also suitable for China’s homeland security.

While hinting that India’s deteriorating ties with Pakistan would also affect China, he said “Since Pakistan is China’s all-weather strategic partner, India’s decision would make China-Pakistan-India relations more complicated.”