Sunday, January 17, 2021

India, China, Pakistan Trade Punches Over Jammu & Kashmir & CPEC

India has again urged Beijing to stay away from India’s internal affairs after China reassured Pakistan that it is paying “close attention” to the situation in Jammu & Kashmir and that it opposes any unilateral actions in the region.

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The reference to Jammu and Kashmir was made in a joint statement at the end of Pakistan President Arif Alvi’s visit to China. “The Chinese side underscored that it was paying close attention to the current situation and reemphasised that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements,” the joint statement added.

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It added that Beijing “opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation” in Jammu and Kashmir. The statement further said both sides had exchanged views on the situation in Kashmir, and the Pakistan side had briefed the Chinese side on the “latest developments, including its concerns, position, and current urgent issues”.

In response, Raveesh Kumar, the external affairs ministry spokesperson said New Delhi rejects the reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the joint statement. “The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Issues related to J&K are [an] internal matter of India,” he said.

“We expect other countries, including China, not to comment on matters that are internal affairs of India and also to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity just as India refrains from commenting on internal issues of other countries,” he said.

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India also strongly objected to and reiterated its concerns to China and Pakistan on projects in the “so-called illegal ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor’, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947,” Kumar said.

“India is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan-occupied J&K. We call on parties concerned to cease such actions. Such illegal activities will never be accepted by India,” he said.

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