India delivers blunt message on Kashmir forward of Modi-Xi summit this week | india information

Jammu and Kashmir is an integral a part of India and it isn’t for different international locations to touch upon India’s inside affairs, the international ministry stated on Wednesday, delivering a clear message to Beijing forward of President Xi Jinping’s go to introduced by the 2 international locations earlier within the day.

“India’s place has been constant and clear that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral a part of India. China is effectively conscious of our place. It isn’t for different international locations to touch upon the interior affairs of India,” exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated on Wednesday night.

The formulation was a model of the federal government’s line on Parliament scrapping Article 370 that prolonged particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir. However it was the timing of the spokesperson’s reaction that made the message a lot sharper.

It was issued in response to remarks made by Xi to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan throughout a gathering in Beijing a number of hours earlier. Xi had not solely spoken of China’s “unbreakable and rock-solid” friendship with Pakistan but additionally declared he was following the scenario in Kashmir and China would again Pakistan on points associated to its core pursuits.

“China helps Pakistan to safeguard its personal legit rights and hopes that the related events can remedy their disputes by means of peaceable dialogue,” China’s official Xinhua Information Company stated, quoting President Xi.

Authorities sources had made it clear early within the day that New Delhi didn’t anticipate, or need Beijing to lift Kashmir or the scrapping of Article 370 on the casual summit between Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the outskirts of Chennai on Friday.

The casual summit on the seaside resort in Tamil Nadu will probably be utterly unstructured and there will probably be no signing of paperwork or a joint communiqué. The 2 leaders – who’re assembly for the third time this yr – are anticipated to debate further confidence-building measures (CBMs) for peace and tranquillity on the border, commerce and the deficit of greater than $50 billion that has change into a priority for India, the Indo-Pacific, reforms of the UN, and selective actions by international locations which are affected world our bodies such because the WTO.

It’s on this spirit that authorities sources underscored that New Delhi wasn’t looking at Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s two-day visit to China forward of the casual summit as “any type of hyphenation” by India. The assembly between Modi and Xi will go “past a one-issue summit” and canopy a swathe of bilateral, regional and world points.

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Oct 09, 2019 21:06 IST