China shifts stand on Kashmir, terms issue bilateral

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BEIJING: In a huge setback to Pakistan, its trusted ally China dropped its stand on referring the Jammu and Kashmir issue to the United Nations and UN Security Council resolutions.

 

The significant shift in stand came on the day Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping ahead of his visit to New Delhi, according to Times of India.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, who announced the latest stand, however, did not make any reference to Xi’s visit to India.

When asked whether the Kashmir issue will figure in his talks with the Chinese leaders, Geng said that China's stand is that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan.

"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 interest of both countries and common aspiration of the world," he said.

His comments marked a significant shift on what China has been saying on Kashmir in recent weeks in the aftermath of India's decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Kashmir.

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