New Delhi: China on Monday reiterated its stand on Kashmir, underling that it was an issue left over from history and that ‘relevant parties’ should peacefully resolve it through dialogue.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson told reporters in Beijing that the country’s position on Kashmir was consistent and clear.
“With regard to the Kashmir issue, we believe it is an issue left over from history. We hope the relevant parties will peacefully and properly resolve the issue through dialogue and consultation,” he said.
The spokesperson was responding to reports that Beijing had pledged its support for Islamabad in the event of any aggression from India and that it was backing Pakistan against India on the Kashmir issue.
“In case of any (foreign) aggression, our country will extend its full support to Pakistan,” Yu Boren, the country’s envoy in Lahore, was quoted as saying in a press release by the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office, according to a report by Pakistani daily Dawn.
“We are and will be siding with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. There is no justification for atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris in (India)-held Kashmir and the Kashmir dispute should be solved in accordance with aspirations of the Kashmiris,” the report had quoted Yu as saying.
The foreign ministry spokesperson said that he was not aware of the envoy’s statement. He reiterated that “China’s position on the relevant issue is consistent and clear.”
Recently, Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and according to a report in Dawn, Beijing assured Islamabad that the country would continue to support Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir. It had quoted Li telling Sharif that “we support Pakistan and we will speak for Pakistan at every forum”.