China's call for resolving Kashmir issue rattles India

Chinese FM calls the matter a dispute left [unresolved] from the past in his UNGA speech

News Desk September 28, 2019
Chinese FM calls the matter a dispute left [unresolved] from the past in his UNGA speech. PHOTO: AFP

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s call for a peaceful resolution to Kashmir dispute drew a rather unsolicited response from India, which termed the top Chinese diplomat’s UNGA speech an attack on its ‘sovereignty and territorial integrity’.

New Delhi insisted that the disputed Himalayan territory was its ‘integral part’, urging all nations to respect its ‘sovereignty and territorial integrity’.

“We expect that other countries will respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and desist from efforts to change the status quo,"  India’s external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Saturday. He also called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects 'illegal'.

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Referring to the Indian government’s illegal and unilateral move of revoking Occupied Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, Kumar said the recent developments were entirely a “matter internal to us”, India Today reported.

Addressing the 74th session of UN General Assembly on Friday, Wang Yi had called for effective management of the Kashmir issue. He also stressed that no actions should be taken that would unilaterally change the “status quo”.

“Kashmir issue, a dispute left [unresolved] from the past, should be peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement,” he maintained.

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The Indian reaction comes a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan was globally hailed a hero for calling out New Delhi’s draconian measures in occupied Kashmir in his UNGA speech, in which he urged world leaders to stand up against the brutalities faced by the Kashmiri’s.

Prime Minister Imran had warned of a bloodbath once India lifts its restrictions in IOK, which have been in force since it revoked the region’s decades-old autonomy in August and detained thousands of people. He also warned the Kashmir dispute could escalate into an all-out nuclear war that would have consequences for the whole world.


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