Tuesday (September 10): India today rejected the reference to Kashmir in the latest China-Pakistan joint statement, a day after China and Pakistan said they opposed India’s “unilateral actions” in Kashmir.
India also called on both countries to stop activities related to the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
“We reject the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister. J&K is an integral part of India. India has consistently expressed concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947,” official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said in a statement.
China reiterated its support to Pakistan to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Pakistan over the weekend. The visit was part of continued consultation between Beijing and Islamabad after India abrogated Article 370.