India calls out China, Pak over statement on Kashmir

Pakistan, China, Kashmir, Economic Corridor
India calls out China, Pak over statement on Kashmir

India rejected a joint statement issued by Pakistan and China which described Kashmir as a dispute left over from history and asserted that Kashmir is an integral part of India. “We reject the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of the Chinese foreign minister. J&K is an integral part of India,” said Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs.

India also expressed serious concern on the projects launched by China and Pakistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which actually is Indian territory under illegal Pakistani occupation since 1947. China and Pakistan discussed the issue during the visit of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.

Much to India’s chagrin, China said it is monitoring the situation closely and described Kashmir as a dispute left over from history. China said the dispute should be resolved in line with UN guidelines and opposed a “unilateral action” that would complicate the situation.

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Scrapping of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir has strained the relationship between India and Pakistan, which vented its displeasure by expelling Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria and suspending trade ties. Pakistan has also been making all-out efforts to mobilize international opinion on the Kashmir issue and China has supported its stance. India has responded to this with repeated assertions that Kashmir is an integral part of India, a fact that Pakistan needs to accept.

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