Beijing 'paying close attention' to Kashmir, says Chinese FM to Pak leadership

Beijing 'paying close attention' to Kashmir, says Chinese FM to Pak leadership Beijing 'paying close attention' to Kashmir, says Chinese FM to Pak leadership

China was "paying close attention to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir", Beijing's foreign minister told the Pakistani leadership during meetings between the two countries' representatives.

According to a joint press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday.

Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Luo Zhaohui, China's Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, and senior Chinese officials were also present at the meeting in Islamabad, while Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, and senior officials were also in attendance.

"Both sides further exchanged views on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir," the joint press release said. "The Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the situation, including its concerns, position, and urgent humanitarian 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," it added.

Separately, the Chinese delegation also met President Arif Alvi.

A day earlier, delegation-level talks between Pakistan and China were held between officials from the two countries discussed regional and bilateral matters,

The two delegations had an in-depth exchange of views on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and regional matters, particularly the current situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Afghan Peace Process.

Qureshi stated that Pakistan is grateful for China's support in the aftermath of India's illegal and unilateral actions. He stressed that Pakistan and China continue their close coordination and consultation to ensure that peace and stability in the region is maintained.

Chinese State Councilor Yi reaffirmed China's support and reiterated opposition to any unilateral action as well as the measures that could further complicate the situation.

FM Qureshi said that Pakistan will continue to support China on all issues of its core interest, including Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. He highlighted that CPEC has added a new dimension to bilateral ties and contributed immensely to the revitalisation of Pakistan's economy. He reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the timely completion of the projects, especially those in Gwadar.

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