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    China is ready to play a constructive role in the Indian-Pakistan relations' normalization amid the latest aggravation of tensions in Kashmir, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — China is prepared to play a constructive role in the process of normalization of Indian-Pakistan relations amid the latest aggravation of tensions in Kashmir, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday.

    "We hope that the relevant sides will be able to take more action to promote peace and stability in the region, as well as avoid escalation of tensions. China is ready to play a constructive role in the issue of improvement of relations between India and China," Geng said at a briefing.

    On Sunday, Islamabad accused the Indian military of violating the policy of ceasefire at the line of contact in the disputed region of Kashmir. According to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, Indian forces killed four women and one man in gunfire across the contact line in recent days.

    Kashmir has been a matter of dispute between India and Pakistan since the partition of India in 1947. The two countries have gone through three wars over the region, but the conflict has yet to be resolved. There is no official border between India and Pakistan in the region, as there is only a line of contact controlled by the armies of the two states.

    The significant escalation of tensions in the region occurred during July 2016 after the killing of Burhan Wani, the leader of a separatist group, by Indian security forces. The current tensions in Kashmir are linked to the anniversary of Wani’s death. Separatist groups operating in Kashmir are striving for Kashmir's joining with Pakistan.

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