China calls for resolving Kashmir conflict, opposes ‘unilateral actions’

An armed forces personnel deployed near Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk, Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/VIkar Syed.]

‘Pledges closer cooperation with Pakistan under USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme’

China has called for resolving the Kashmir conflict properly and peacefully while opposing any “unilateral actions” that could “complicate” the situation.

The comments were made as Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping.

China has also pledged closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme, a Delhi-based news gatherer PTI reported.

As per the report, Khan called on President Xi on the last day of his four-day visit to China to discuss a host of issues including the slow pace of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing concerns of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese personnel working in its various projects in Pakistan.

In his meeting with Khan, the report quoting Xi said that China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty, dignity and fighting terrorism, international news agency Xinhua reported.

He said China is willing to join hands with Pakistan to push forward the in-depth development of the CPEC and ensure the implementation of key projects.

“Both sides reiterated that a peaceful and prosperous South Asia is in the common interest of all parties,” the report said quoting a joint statement issued at the end of Khan’s visit to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“They emphasised the importance of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all outstanding disputes to promote regional cooperation and advance the goals of lasting peace, stability and shared prosperity in the region,” it said.

“The Pakistan side briefed the Chinese side on the latest developments on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including its concerns, position and pressing issues at the moment. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation,” it said.


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