China, Pakistan to skip Afghanistan meeting hosted by India

China and Pakistan will be missing when the national security chiefs of seven key regional countries gather in India on Wednesday for a dialogue on Afghanistan.

Pakistan refused to come because of India. China, however, qualified its response. Citing its inability to attend due to “scheduling issues”, Beijing said that they would like to engage India bilaterally on Afghanistan.

The Indian government is refraining from clubbing the two refusals, though sources said China’s response may be due to its Pakistan sensitivities.

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