New Delhi: China has reiterated its support to Pakistan on its conflict over Kashmir with India, saying it opposes any unilateral action which could complicate the situation in JK and the conflict should be resolved peacefully and properly through the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions, and bilateral agreements.
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On Saturday, the Kashmir conflict was among several issues discussed at a meeting between Chinese state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi and Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held in Chengdu in southwest China.
The Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including its concerns, position and current urgent issues,” a China-Pakistan joint statement issued after the meeting said.
“The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left over from history between India and Pakistan, which is an objective fact, and that the dispute should be resolved peacefully and properly through the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions, and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation,” reads a joint statement posted on the Pakistan Foreign Ministry website.
China and Pakistan had voiced their strong opposition after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in August 2019.
“Both sides underscored that a peaceful, stable, cooperative, and prosperous South Asia was in the common interest of all countries. Both sides agreed on the need to settle disputes and issues in the region through dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” the statement said.
China also reiterated its “…firm support to Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence…”.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in China for a two-day visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, said the Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement on Friday.
He was greeted at the Chengdu airport by senior officials of the Chinese foreign ministry. The next day, the foreign minister participated in bilateral talks between delegations of both countries, said the statement.