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DATE=6/11/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250510 TITLE=CHINA / PAKISTAN (L-O) BYLINE=ROGER WILKISON DATELINE=BEIJING CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ WAS IN BEIJING FRIDAY TO BRIEF CHINESE LEADERS ON HIS COUNTRY'S CONFLICT WITH INDIA OVER THE DISPUTED KASHMIR REGION. V-O-A CORRESPONDENT ROGER WILKISON REPORTS CHINA -- DESPITE BEING A LONG-TIME FRIEND OF PAKISTAN AND A RIVAL OF INDIA -- HAS PUBLICLY STRUCK AN EVEN-HANDED TONE OVER THE CURRENT DISPUTE. TEXT: THERE ARE FEW DETAILS AVAILABLE ON MR. AZIZ'S MEETINGS WITH HIS CHINESE COUNTERPART, TANG JIAXUAN, AND THE HEAD OF CHINA'S LEGISLATURE, LI PENG. XINHUA, THE CHINESE NEWS AGENCY, HAD LITTLE TO SAY ABOUT THE MEETINGS, AND THE PAKISTANI EMBASSY WOULD ONLY SAY THAT MR. AZIZ IS CONSULTING WITH CHINA. THE PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER IS SCHEDULED TO TRAVEL TO NEW DELHI ON SATURDAY. HE TOLD REPORTERS IN ISLAMABAD, BEFORE FLYING TO BEIJING, THAT HE IS SEEKING TO DE-ESCALATE HEIGHTENED TENSIONS RESULTING FROM A TWO-WEEK INDIAN CAMPAIGN TO RID THE INDIAN-OCCUPIED KASHMIRI HIGHLANDS OF WHAT NEW DELHI CALLS PAKISTANI-BACKED INFILTRATORS. PAKISTAN HAS INSISTED THAT IT ONLY GIVES MORAL AND DIPLOMATIC BACKING TO GUERRILLAS WHO ARE FIGHTING TO OUST INDIA FROM THE TWO-THIRDS OF KASHMIR CONTROLLED BY NEW DELHI. CHINA AND PAKISTAN HAVE BEEN CLOSE ALLIES FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. BOTH ARE WARY OF INDIA'S DOMINANT ROLE IN SOUTH ASIA. WESTERN DIPLOMATS SAY BEIJING HAS SUPPLIED ISLAMABAD WITH NUCLEAR AND MISSILE TECHNOLOGY OVER THE YEARS. BUT EVER SINCE INDIA AND PAKISTAN DETONATED TIT-FOR-TAT NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS LAST YEAR, BEIJING HAS BEEN CALLING ON BOTH TO DEFUSE TENSIONS IN THE SUB-CONTINENT. FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN ZHANG QIYUE -- SPEAKING THROUGH AN INTERPRETER -- THIS WEEK URGED THE TWO COUNTRIES TO PEACEFULLY RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES OVER KASHMIR. //INTERPRETER ACTUALITY// WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT INDIA AND PAKISTAN WILL SET STORE BY THE OVERALL INTEREST OF MAINTAINING PEACE AND STABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA AND CONTINUE THEIR NEGOTIATIONS AND DIALOGUE SO AS TO SEEK A RESOLUTION OF THEIR CONFLICTS AND DIFFERENCES THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS, SO AS TO AVOID A FURTHER DETERIORATION OF THE SITUATION. //END ACTUALITY// MS. ZHANG ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JASWANT SINGH WILL ARRIVE IN BEIJING NEXT WEEK FOR BILATERAL TALKS WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS. BUT THE INDIAN EMBASSY SAYS THE MEETINGS WERE SCHEDULED BEFORE NEW DELHI LAUNCHED ITS FIRST STRIKES AGAINST THE GUERRILLAS IN KASHMIR ON MAY 26TH. (SIGNED) NEB/RW/GC/FC 11-Jun-99 5:48 AM EDT (0948 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .