China ‘concerned’ over deadly Kashmir clashes

Beijing: China on Monday waded into the unrest in Kashmir, voicing concern over the casualties due to clashes as it called for “proper” settlement of the Kashmir issue through “peaceful” means.

“The Chinese side is concerned about the deaths and casualties caused,” Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement.

China’s position on the Kashmir issue has been “consistent”, Lu was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

“The Chinese side hopes relevant parties can resolve the issue through peaceful means,” Lu said.

The rare comments on the situation in Kashmir came in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Violent protests have rocked Kashmir since July 9 following killing of Wani and two of his associates in an encounter with security forces a day earlier in Kokernag area of Anantnag district.