China offers to help ease Iran-Pakistan tensions

China’s Foreign Ministry expressed willingness on Thursday to play a constructive role in easing tensions between Iran and Pakistan.

This statement comes as Pakistan conducted strikes inside Iran targeting separatist Baloch militants, according to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. The strikes were in response to Tehran’s attack on another group within Pakistani territory two days prior.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ming stated, “China has always advocated that relations between countries should be handled in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, and that the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of all countries should be effectively respected and maintained.”

“Iran and Pakistan are close neighbors, friendly countries to China, and countries with important influence. China sincerely hopes that both sides can maintain calm and restraint and avoid escalating tensions. If needed, we are also willing to play a constructive role in alleviating the situation,” she added.

The recent military actions between Iran and Pakistan have heightened concerns about instability across the Middle East, which has been ongoing since the war between Israel and Hamas began on Oct. 7.

The conflict has seen involvement from Iran’s allies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.