India’s move on Article 370 ‘illegal and invalid’: China

Beijing, August 06 : China has said that India’s unilateral move to split the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories and change the status quo was illegal and invalid.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, in a statement in Beijing said, “China follows closely the situation in the Kashmir region. China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent.”

He said, “This issue is a dispute leftover from history between Pakistan and India. That is an objective fact as laid out by the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and the bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India.”

Wang said any unilateral change to the status quo in Jammu and Kashmir is illegal and invalid. “Any unilateral change to the status quo is illegal and invalid. This issue should be properly resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultations between the parties concerned,” he maintained.

“Pakistan and India are neighbours that cannot be moved away,” he said. “Peaceful coexistence serves the fundamental interests of both and the common aspiration of the international community. China hopes that they can properly handle the differences through dialogue, improve relations, and jointly safeguard peace, stability and development of both countries and the wider region,” he added.

Since the August 05, 2019 decision of India to repeal the special status of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and divide it into two union territories, Beijing has voiced its opposition to India’s move.

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