China wel­comes open­ing of Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL - By Gau­rav Sharma

Bei­jing: China on Mon­day said it was glad to see good in­ter­ac­tion be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan on open­ing the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor, al­low­ing In­dian Sikhs to visit the holy shrine in Kar­tarpur.

Bei­jing also said the sta­ble ties be­tween New Delhi and Is­lam­abad meant a lot to world peace and hoped that both sides could solve their dif­fer­ences through di­a­logue.

“We are glad to see this good in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia. Both coun­tries are im­por­tant in South Asia and the sta­bil­ity of the re­la­tions means a lot to the world peace and de­vel­op­ment,” For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Geng Shuang told the me­dia.

“We sin­cerely hope that these two coun­tries can strengthen co­or­di­na­tion and di­a­logue prop­erly and ad­dress their dif­fer­ence and im­prove their re­la­tions for sta­bil­ity and peace,” he added.

Last month, Pak­istan agreed to In­dia’s long-pend­ing de­mand to open the Kar­tarpur border to fa­cil­i­tate visa-free pil­grim­age by In­dian Sikhs to Kar­tarpur Sahib gur­d­wara, where Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life. Pak­istan Prime Minister Im­ran Khan per­formed the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 28 to de­velop the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor to link Dera Baba Nanak in Gur­daspur in In­dia with Kar­tarpur gur­d­wara in the pres­ence of In­dian Min­is­ters Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal, Hardeep Puri and Congress party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu.

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