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Keeping close watch on Kashmir’s current situation: China-Pakistan joint statement

New Delhi, Oct 10: Both China and Pakistan raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir to be resolved based on the UN Charter, in a joint statement released after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Beijing.

After Imran briefed Xi on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including its concerns, position, and current urgent issues. “The Chinese side responded that it was paying close attention to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left from history, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation,” the joint statement said.

” The two sides underlined that a peaceful, stable, cooperative and prosperous South Asia was in common interest of all parties. Parties need to settle disputes and issues in the region through dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” The joint statement declared. Pakistan and India both rule part of the disputed Kashmir but claim it in full. The restive region is a flashpoint between the nuclear-armed archrivals.

President Xi will be in India on Friday on a two-day visit for his second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi has repeatedly said that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

In August, after the government’s announcement of the end to special status of Jammu and Kashmir, China had expressed its strong disapproval, but India had brushed it off.

The China-India tensions have escalated after Home Minister Amit Shah on August 5 announced abrogation of Article370 in the Parliament and said asserted that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin are part of Jammu and Kashmir and that Kashmir Valley is an integral part of the country.

The meeting in Beijing comes on the heels of last month’s the UN General Assembly in New York, which both Pakistan and China attended.

The face-off between the two nations had flared up at the meeting of the SAARC council of foreign ministers, held on the sidelines of the UNGA.

Beijing is opposed to New Delhi’s Kashmir move, especially its decision to carve the Ladakh region out of Jammu and Kashmir state and administer it federally. Chinese leaders called the move “unacceptable” and reiterated solidarity with Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty, independence and security. The Pakistan side reaffirmed its commitment to the One China Policy. Supporting One Country Two Systems, Pakistan reiterated that affairs of Hong Kong were China’s internal matter and all countries should uphold international law and basic norms of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries.

China claims about 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles) in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, referred to informally by some Chinese as “Southern Tibet.” India claims sovereignty over 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 square miles) of the Aksai Chin plateau.

Foreign minister S Jaishankar then sent a crucial message to Beijing, saying the two nations should “ensure that it was important that differences between us, if any, should not become disputes”.

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