Wang Yi States Clear Position on the Kashmir Issue

On August 12, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of India in Beijing. Wang Yi stated clearly the position of the Chinese side on the Kashmir-related issues which of various parties' concern.

Wang Yi expressed, the Chinese side follows closely the current situation in Kashmir and the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. The constitutional amendment of the Indian side will change the current situation in Kashmir and give rise to tensions in the region. The Chinese side opposes any unilateral action that complicates the situation. It is hoped that both the Indian and Pakistani sides will resolve disputes through peaceful means and work together to maintain the general picture of peace and stability in the region.

Wang Yi pointed out, the Indian side's measures also challenge the sovereign rights and interests of the Chinese side and go against the agreements between the two countries on safeguarding peace and stability in border areas, about which the Chinese side is seriously concerned. Such practice of the Indian side is neither valid in relation to the Chinese side nor will it change the status quo that the Chinese side exercises sovereignty and effective administrative jurisdiction over the territory. It is hoped that the Indian side will make more efforts to promote mutual trust and contribute to safeguarding peace and stability in border areas, so as to avoid unnecessary disturbances in the general picture of China-India relations.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar explained the position of the Indian side. He expressed that the Indian side's amendment to its constitution will not result in a new claim of sovereignty, will not change the Line of Control, and will not change the Line of Actual Control along China-India border. The Indian side hopes to improve its relations with Pakistan, and is willing to exercise restraint and safeguard regional peace and stability. In the meantime, the Indian side stands ready to, together with the Chinese side, continue to properly address the China-India boundary questions through consultations and abide by the consensus reached by the two countries on safeguarding peace and stability in border areas.

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