Imran Khan’s China visit: Beijing opposes ‘unilateral action that complicates’ Kashmir issue

New Delhi: China on Sunday pledged closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme, called for a fair and peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute and opposed any “unilateral action” that could aggravate the situation. Because Prime Minister Imran Khan met top Chinese leaders. Including President Xi Jinping.

On the last day of his four-day visit to China, Khan met President Xi to address a variety of topics, including Beijing’s growing concern over the sluggish pace of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and relentless attacks on working Chinese employees. . On his many projects in Pakistan, PTI reported.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, during his discussions with Khan, Xi said that China is firmly committed to Pakistan’s national independence, sovereignty, dignity and the fight against terrorism.

A joint statement was issued at the end of Imran Khan’s visit to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“The Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the latest developments on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including its concerns, the situation and the pressing issues at this time. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left over from history, and must be properly and peacefully resolved on the basis of the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral action that complicates the situation,” the joint statement read, as PTI Quoted by.

India’s stand on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Earlier, India had forcefully rejected the alliance for Jammu and Kashmir in an earlier joint statement issued by Pakistan and China, stating that the Union Territory, as well as Ladakh, has been an essential and inseparable part of India. and will remain so.

In July 2021, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi opposed the mention of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, claiming that it was in Indian territory unjustly occupied by Pakistan.

“As before, India categorically rejects any reference to Jammu and Kashmir. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh have been and will be an integral and inseparable part of India,” Bagchi said.

According to the spokesperson, India has consistently informed both China and Pakistan that the so-called CPEC is located in Indian territory.

“We oppose any attempt by other countries to change the status quo in areas illegally occupied by Pakistan as well as to bring about any material change in Indian territories under its illegal occupation by Pakistan. We call upon the parties concerned to stop such actions,” he said. ,

(with PTI inputs)