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- China told Pakistan it opposes any “unilateral” action that complicates the situation in Jammu and Kashmir
- The remarks were made during the second strategic dialogue between the Chinese and Pakistani foreign ministers
New Delhi: A day after China told Pakistan it opposes any “unilateral” action that complicates the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, India on Saturday hit back at both the countries and urged them not to interfere in India’s internal matters. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also iterated that Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India.
In an official statement, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “As in the past, we categorically reject the reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the joint press release of 2nd round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue. Jammu & Kashmir is an integral & inalienable part of India.”
“We expect the parties concerned not to interfere in matters that are internal affairs of India,” added the MEA spokesperson.
Srivastava further stressed that India has repeatedly conveyed its concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in “so-called” China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which are in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan.
“We resolutely oppose actions by other countries that change the status quo in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and call on the parties concerned to cease such actions,” he added.
‘China opposes unilateral actions that complicate Kashmir situation’
Earlier on Friday, Pakistani Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held the second strategic dialogue in the southern province of Hainan.
After the strategic dialogue, a joint statement was issued which read, “The Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, including its concerns, position and current urgent issues.”
“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,” read the statement.
“China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation,” it said.