BEIJING : China has welcomed Pakistan and India’s latest efforts to achieve a ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir , Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday. Defence officials of Pakistan and India will meet next week on ways to ensure a ceasefire at the LoC, said news agency Press Trust of India on Tuesday. Three months ago Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh met in New York and proposed the meeting to defuse tensions. Both Pakistan and India are important countries of South Asia, and improved relationship between them is vital to regional peace and stability, Hua said at a daily news briefing.
 “As a shared neighbour and friend to the two countries, China will as always support them to resolve relevant disputes properly through peaceful dialogue ,” Hua said.