Now Even China Wants The Issue Of Kashmir To Be Resolved Between India And Pakistan Through Dialogue

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New Delhi: A deviation from its earliar stand on Jammu and Kashmir, China on October 8 said that the issue of Kashmir should be resolved between India and Pakistan through dialogue and consultation, omitting the recent references Beijing had made about addressing the dispute in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement.

The change in Beijing’s position comes on a day when Prime Minister Imran Khan is in Beijing, and days ahead of President Xi Jinping’s India visit where he will have the second round of the “informal summit” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

China will announce President Xi’s visit to India, and possibly Nepal, later this week at a special briefing on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Khan will meet Xi, Premier Li Keqiang and head of China’s Parliament, National People’s Congress chief, Li Zhansu during his visit, his third this year.

Pakistan army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hold a series of high-level meetings including with his People’s Liberation Army counterpart.

Answering a query on Khan’s visit and whether Kashmir was discussed, foreign ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang said Beijing’s stand on the dispute has been consistent.

“And, so you are paying attention to the Kashmir issue, right? China’s position on Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. We call on India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue and consultation on all issues including Kashmir issue and consolidate mutual trust. This is in line with the interest of both countries and common aspiration of the world,” Geng said at the regular foreign ministry briefing on Wednesday.

Geng didn’t elaborate on Beijing’s departure from its recent statements on Kashmir.

“The Kashmir issue should be peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement,” foreign minister, Wang Yi had said during the recent UN General Assembly.

 

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