BEIJING: China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said China was highly concerned over the current situation in occupied Kashmir and escalating conflict between India and Pakistan.
During a meeting with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who is on a three-day visit to China, Yi said China opposed any unilateral action that complicated the situation.
“New Delhi’s move to end the constitutional status of Jammu Kashmir will change the status quo of the disputed area and result in a tense situation in the region,” he said.
Wang hoped that India and Pakistan would resolve disputes in a peaceful manner and jointly safeguard the overall situation of regional peace and stability.
Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar explained the position of his country, saying the Indian constitutional amendment did not produce new sovereignty or change the India-Pakistan ceasefire line, as well as the actual line of control, the India-China border.
The Indian side expressed hope for improvement in relations with Pakistan. The minister said that New Delhi was willing to exercise restraint and maintain regional peace and stability.
The Indian minister’s visit comes amid growing tensions between India and Pakistan over occupied Kashmir.