China calls for proper settlement of Kashmir clashes


BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) — China on Monday called for proper settlement of clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir, which have left more than 40 people dead.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a press release that the Chinese side is concerned about the deaths and casualties caused by the incident.

Stressing that China’s position on the Kashmir issue has been consistent, Lu said the Chinese side hopes relevant parties can resolve the issue through peaceful means.

Clashes between civilians and Indian security forces broke out after the killing of 22-year-old Burhan Wani of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen in Indian-controlled Kashmir during a police operation on July 8.

More than 40 people have been killed and nearly 2,000 others injured so far during the clashes.