In another jolt for Pakistan, China shifts stand on Kashmir, calls it a ‘bilateral issue’
Beijing (China) | Jagran News Desk: In another jolt for Pakistan, China on Tuesday modified its stand on Kashmir and asked New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve all issues ‘bilaterally’.
“China's position on issue of Kashmir is consistent and clear. We call on India and Pakistan to step up dialogue on disputes including the Kashmir issue to enhance mutual trust and improve relations,” news agency ANI quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying.
“It serves the common interests of both India and Pakistan and represents the shared expectation of regional countries and the international community,” the spokesperson added.
The statement comes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India who will visit Chennai from October 11-12 for the 2nd Informal Summit between India and China. Shuang, who was briefing the media on Tuesday, however, did not make any official announcement about Xi's visit to India.
“China and India are each other's important neighbour and both are major developing countries and emerging markets. Since last year's Wuhan summit between our leaders, China-India relations have been developing with sound momentum,” he said.
“There is tradition of high-level exchange between leaders of China and India. We are in communication regarding bilateral high-level exchange going forward. The two sides should work to create favourable atmosphere and environment for it,” he added.
This is a significant change in China’s position on Kashmir who had earlier said that the “Kashmir issue should be resolved based on the UN charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement.” China had said this after India abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories.
However, Beijing on Tuesday indicated that it is ready to go back to its pre-August 5 position when it said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally.
Meanwhile, this is another jolt for Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan who have continuously tried to internationalise the Jammu and Kashmir issue especially after New Delhi ended the special status of the state.
Khan, in his address to the 74th session of the United Nations Generally Assembly, had raised the Kashmir issue but was given a befitting reply by India who said that its citizens do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf and "least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate."
India has also stressed that Kashmir is an ‘internal matter’ and Pakistan has no ‘locus standi’ on it.
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