In what can be termed as sought of diplomatic victory of India, China has changed its narrative on Kashmir. The change in stand has come ahead of the Chinese President’s visit to India scheduled this week.
China has called for direct talks between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue and has stop echoing the UN (United Nations) reference. Interestingly China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson made this stand clear in the presence of Pakistan PM Imran Khan and Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said, “China’s position on the Kashmir issue is consistent and clear. We call upon India and Pakistan to enhance dialogue and consultation on issues including Kashmir and consolidate mutual trust. This is in line with the interests of both countries and common aspirations of the world.”
A Marked Shift And Call For Cooperation
The shift in China’s stand is a significant one. Till last month (in the UN General Assembly Address) China was backing Pakistan’s attempt to Internationalize the Kashmir issue at the UN.
On its relationship with Pakistan, China said that Pakistan is an all-weather strategic partner, and the two countries look forward to add substance to China Pakistan Economic Corridor in sync with China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
In terms of the relationship with India, China says that there is a good momentum in the relationship. The two nations are advancing there cooperation and properly managing differences and sensitive issues. China expects India to extend this cooperation and understanding as the relations enter next phase.
The presence of Pakistani PM and Army Chief just before the Chinese President’s visit to India is seen as a sought of balancing diplomatic measure by China.
President Xi Jinping would visit India on 11th October. This would be his 1st visit to India in the last five years after he came in 2014 when PM Modi was newly elected for his first term.