BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a blow to New Delhi ahead of short trip to India.
Opposing unilateral action in Kashmir, China said Wednesday that Kashmir issue was a dispute left from history and should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.
According to Pakistan-China Joint statement, the Pakistan side briefed Beijing on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including its concerns, position, and current urgent issues while the Chinese side responded that it was paying close attention to the current situation in the valley.
“China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation. The two sides underlined that a peaceful, stable, cooperative and prosperous South Asia was in common interest of all parties. Parties need to settle disputes and issues in the region through dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” said the statement link.
It continued that leaders of the two countries had detailed exchange of views on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The Chinese foreign ministry, citing the official press statement, also highlighted that Pakistan and China served the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples, and contributed to peace, stability and development in the region.
Reaffirmed their support on issues concerning each other’s core interests, Chinese leaders reiterated solidarity with Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty, independence and security.
“The Pakistan side reaffirmed its commitment to the One China Policy. Supporting One Country Two Systems, Pakistan reiterated that affairs of Hong Kong were China’s internal matter and all countries should uphold international law and basic norms of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries,” stated the communique.
It added that the Pakistani side underscored that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a transformational project and a CPEC Authority was established to oversee the expeditious implementation of CPEC projects.
“Both sides maintained that the second phase of CPEC will promote industrial and socio-economic development in Pakistan. Pakistan side also underlined that the Gwadar Port has been granted various facilities enabling it to become a trade and logistical hub for the region. The two sides expressed determination to speedily execute CPEC so that its growth potential can be fully realized making it a high-quality demonstration project for BRI,” it continued.
The press release said two sides maintained that the ninth session of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) to be held in November in Islamabad would further fast-track implementation of the ongoing projects and explore new avenues of cooperation, including ML-1.
“The two sides underlined that Chinese investment in Specialized Economic Zones (SEZs) and collaboration in SME sector would further expand Pakistan’s industrial base and diversify its export base,” it said.