New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, said that he is keeping a close watch at the situation of Kashmir and will back Islamabad’s core interest, India reiterated by saying that it would be in everybody's best interests if other countries stayed out of its internal affairs.

“We have seen the report regarding the meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, which also refers to their discussions on Kashmir,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

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“India's position has been consistent and clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. China is well aware of our position. It is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India,” he added.

Xi Jinping, who met Imran Khan on Wednesday, assured the Pakistan Prime Minister that China is keeping a close watch on the situation of Kashmir and will back their ‘core interests’, reported state-owned Xinhua news agency.

According to Xinhua, Jinping told Khan that the wrong and right into the matter can be clearly seen and both the countries should try to solve the issue through peaceful dialogues.  

The Chinese President also assured Khan that the bond between China and Pakistan is ‘unbreakable’ and ‘rock-solid’.

“No matter how the international and regional situation changes, the friendship between China and Pakistan has always been unbreakable and rock-solid, and China-Pakistan cooperation has always maintained strong vitality,” Jinping told Pakistan.

China also cited the 'UN Charter' on Kashmir and a joint statement released after the meeting between Jinping and Khan declared that the "Kashmir issue is a dispute left from history, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter". 

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Jinping’s remark comes days before his visit to India where he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai for the second informal summit between the two leaders. The meet between the two leaders comes in the backdrop of the escalated tensions between India and Pakistan.

China, which is known as an all-weather ally of Pakistan, has backed them over the Kashmir issue, with its Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his address to the UN General Assembly saying, “No actions that would unilaterally change the status quo should be taken.”

However, ahead of the meet between PM Modi and Jinping, China changed its tune and said India and Pakistan should resolve the issue bilaterally.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma