According to Chinese media linked to the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), China, the "all-weather friend" of Pakistan, will not take any side if war breaks out between India and its western neighbour. Instead, Beijing will play the role of a mediator with an aim to ease the two countries' conflict.
The op-ed in the Chinese state-run Global Times, which is widely considered to be a mouthpiece for the CPC, declared simply in its headline, "China will not pick sides in India-Pakistan disputes."
However, some Indian experts hold China responsible for the impunity to terrorists who were allegedly based in Pakistan and planned the Pulwama terror attack in February with many regarding China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a geopolitical threat.
Islamabad has been under international pressure to act against terror groups operating from its soil, including JeM, which claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide bombing in Pulwama that killed 40 Indian troops.
The statement that 'China will not pick sides' by a state-run media house is likely to deal a blow to the confidence of Pakistan which has held that it's iron brother' would not allow India to run over it.