Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country: India after Xi Jinping-Imran meet
New Delhi: After China advocated a dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir crisis, India once again clarified its stand saying the region is an integral part of the country.
Responding to the reference of Kashmir in the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar said, "We have seen the report regarding meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan which also refers to their discussions on Kashmir.
India’s position has been consistent and clear that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. China is well aware of our position. It is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India."
Taking a softer stance against India over the issue of scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, China on Tuesday said dialogue is the only way forward for New Delhi and Islamabad to solve the Kashmir issue.
"China's position on the issue of Kashmir is consistent and clear. We call on India and Pakistan to step up dialogue on disputes including the Kashmir issue to enhance mutual trust and improve relations," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a press conference.
"It serves the common interests of both India and Pakistan and represents the shared expectation of regional countries and the international community," he said.
Xi Jinping is expected to visit India soon.
He is going to attend an informal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking on India, China relationship, Shuang said: "As to high-level exchange between China and India, I would like to say that China and India are each other's important neighbor and both are major developing countries and emerging markets. Since last year's Wuhan summit between our leaders, China-India relations have been developing with a sound momentum. The two sides have been advancing cooperation in various sectors steadily and managing differences and sensitive issues properly."
"There is a tradition of high-level exchange between leaders of China and India. We are in communication regarding bilateral high-level exchange going forward. The two sides should work to create a favorable atmosphere and environment for it. We will release information in a timely manner," he said.