On Friday, China had called on Pakistan and India and resolve the problem through dialogue and negotiation as Pakistani Foreign Minister has arrived in Beijing to seek their support after India has announced scrapping of Article 370, which granted “special status” to Jammu and Kashmir.
Informed sources told sourced of India that Shah Mahmood Quresh has arrived in Beijing to seek China’s support for its efforts to resolve the issue-related to Kashmir.
A senior Chinese Diplomat in Pakistan, Lijian Zhao tweets that Mr. Qureshi would meet the State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi and other Chinese leader, adding that “the visit was arranged in a very short time. That’s why we are called iron brothers.”
On Monday, India has announced to eliminate Article 370 by withdrawing “special status” granted to Jammu and Kashmir as well as division of the state into two seperate Union Territories by amending the Indian Constitution with the means of the Presidential Order and introduced a Bill in the Parliament – all are the sovereign rights of India.
However, Pakistan has termed the latest development of India as “illegal”, claims that it will take the issue to the United States Security Council.
It has further decided to unilaterally downgrade the diplomatic relationship by removing the Indian High Commissioner and call back its own top envoy from India. India replied in a statement that “the intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties.”
Responding to queries about the decision of Pakistan to downgrade diplomatic ties and approached the UNSC, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that “China has noted the relevant statement by Pakistan.”
In a written response circulated on social media, Beijing said that “we call on Pakistan and India to resolve disputes through dialogue and negotiation and jointly uphold regional peace and stability.”
Without directly citing India’s decision to eliminate Article 370, China was quoted saying, “The pressing priority is that the relevant party should stop unilaterally changing the status quo and avoid escalation of tension.”
On August 6, China has already opposed to the formation of Ladakh as a separate Union Territory by India.
Mr. Quereshi’s visits comes ahead of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s 3-day visit to Beijing commencing August 11, during which he is expected to hold extending talks with Chinese External Affairs Minister Wang Yi.
Mr. Jaishankar’s visit is the first by an Indian Minister to Beijing after PM Modi-led NDA Government has begun its second tenure, has been earlier scheduled.
Both Mr. Wang and Mr. Jaishankar would hold second India-China People-to-People exchange mechanism as well as address the fourth India-China Media Summit Forum on August 12.