Mumbai: India on Wednesday lambasted China for commenting on relations with Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan, as well as suggesting that New Delhi and Islamabad should “properly” handle differences through negotiations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday that peaceful co-existence between India and Pakistan was at the core and supported the interests of both countries as well as the international community.
He said, “We have noted the comments of the Chinese MFA spokesperson on the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Foreign Ministry of the Indian side said that the Chinese side has no stand on the matter and has been advised not to comment on the internal affairs of other countries.
“China closely follows the situation in the Kashmir region. Our position is consistent and clear. This issue is a history-related dispute between Pakistan and India. This is an objective fact established by the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions, and bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India. Any unilateral change in the status quo is illegal and invalid. This issue should be resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultation between the parties concerned,” Wenbin said, according to news agency PTI.
Article 370 granted special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir till August 5 last year when the Government of India repealed the law and divided the state into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir (with a Legislative Assembly) and Leh- Ladakh (without legislation) assembly).