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Pak-China joint statement on occupied Kashmir irks India

NEW DELHI:              India is unhappy over the reference of situation in the occupied Kashmir in the Pakistan-China joint statement issued Sunday after the conclusion of visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Islamabad.
“We reject the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister. J&K is an integral part of India,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
The Chinese foreign minister was in Islamabad over the weekend to hold discussions with Pakistani leadership on various issues including Afghanistan and IoK.
Reiterating that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left from history, China said it opposed any unilateral actions that complicated the situation in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).
Wang Yi said Beijing was paying close attention to the current situation in the IHK and emphasised that the issue should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.
(2019-09-08) State Councilor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Wang Yi, paid an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 7-8 September 2019. During the visit, H.E. Wang Yi called on President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, held talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and met with Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa. During the meetings, both sides had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Both sides reiterated that the time-tested All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership between China and Pakistan is an anchor of peace and stability in the region and beyond. This partnership remains unaffected by any adverse regional and international development and continues to move from strength to strength. Both sides reaffirmed that China-Pakistan relationship is a priority in their foreign policies, and committed to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era.
Both sides agreed to maintain frequent mutual visits and meetings at the leadership level and continue to hold bilateral meetings between their leaders on multilateral occasions. China and Pakistan have enjoyed mutual understanding and support on issues concerning each other’s core interests. They reiterated the resolve to implement consensus reached by the leadership of both countries to enhance strategic mutual trust and improve all-round cooperation so as to jointly promote regional peace, stability and prosperity.
The Chinese side reaffirmed its support for Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and national dignity, in choosing its development path in light of its national conditions, in working for a better external security environment, and in playing a more constructive role in regional and international issues.
Pakistan side underscored that Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs. Pakistan believes that all countries should uphold international law and the basic norms of non-interference in internal matters of other countries.

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