China asks Pakistan to resolve Jammu and Kashmir issue bilaterally
Beijing : In a latest snub for Pakistan, its closest ally China has asked them to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir issue bilaterally with India. This comes in reference to United Nation and Security Council's decision to issue and stressing that New Delhi and China must resolve it bilaterally.
“We call on India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue and consultation on all issues, including the Kashmir issue, and consolidate mutual trust," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
The latest statement from China comes ahead of Xi Jinping's visit to India, which is expected from October 11 to 13. Wang Yi had said: "It (Kashmir issue) should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement."
However, on Tuesday, China has indicated that it is ready to go back to its pre-August 5 position saying that the issue must be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan.
The statement also becomes important as the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief general Bajwa are on their international visit to China. The leader is expected to meet Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
By changing its position, China seems to be in agreement with the Indian stand that there should be no third-party mediation on the Kashmir issue. “China’s position on Kashmir issue is clear and consistent,” Geng emphasized.
Meanwhile, there is no official confirmation about Xi Jinping's visit to India. China has called for a press conference on Wednesday to reveal the outbound tours of Xi Jinping; it is likely that the announcement will be made on the same day.