Lakhvi affair to affect Modi visit to China, Xi visit to Pakistan BEIJING: India expects China to use its influence over Pakistan to resolve the delicate situation thrown up by the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attack from prison, informed sources said. "Any gesture from China is bound to have a very positive effect on negotiations during the Prime Minister's visit to Beijing next month," a source cued on government thinking told TNN. Both sides want to make the visit a big success and some political gestures can pave the path for smooth negotiations, he said. India has also conveyed its expectation from Beijing to Chinese authorities, sources said. Though China is unlikely to publicly express its displeasure over the action of Pakistan, whom it regards as all-weather friend, Beijing can still use diplomatic channels to express its concern at Lakhvi's release. READ ALSO: Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi released from Adiala jail The episode might also delay Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to Islamabad because he would not want to be seen endorsing the Pakistani action, a Chinese expert said on condition of anonymity. "It is a very complex issue. China wants good relations with both countries. But we don't want to be seen backing one against the other," he said. China is Pakistan's closet allay but Beijing needs India for its vast market and international influence, Indian officials worry China will reiterate its old stance about not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries in order to keep silent on the Lakhvi release. China may also be afraid about angering extremist groups in Pakistan because some of them are known to instigate terrorism in the Chinese province of Xinjiang across the border. Modi's success obtaining support from the United States and France on his stance over the Lakhvi release is also weighing on Chinese diplomats, sources said. This was evident as the government controlled CCTV aired India's concerns over Lakhvi's release and the fact that the US and France. China is regularly compared with India in the western world, and Beijing's reluctance to take a stand on the Lakhvi issue may earn it minus marks. Beijing would also avoid losing influence over Pakistan, which is a major market for Chinese made weapons and nuclear technology. The US this week initiated the process of selling $1 billion worth of weapons to Pakistan resulting in greater competition for China.