Differences Should Not Become Disputes: India Tells China as Beijing is ‘Closely’ Following J&K

India told China that any bilateral differences should not become disputes since Beijing was “very closely” following the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir and its “ramifications”.

S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister who is on a three-day visit to China held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at the meeting Jaishankar said: “The two nations should ensure that it was important that differences between us, if any, should not become disputes”.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang referring to the Indo-Pak tensions said : “On the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, we can have mutually beneficial cooperation. This is in the fundamental interest and long term interest of our two peoples and also contribute to world peace and human progress. At the same time, China and India as two big nations, also have important responsibilities for upholding the regional peace and stability.When it comes to the recent tensions between India and Pakistan and the possible ramifications, we follow these developments very closely. We hope that India would also play a constructive role for the regional peace and stability.”

Jaishankar’s visit comes days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi travelled to Beijing on August 9 to seek China’s support for his country’s attempts to take India’s move to revoke special status to Kashmir to the UN Security Council.

India has maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and the issue is strictly internal to the country.

After India’s move to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state, China issued two separate statements outlining its position on Ladakh and, Jammu and Kashmir. In one statement, China objected to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory by India, saying it undermined its territorial sovereignty.

Jaishankar’s visit is mainly to finalise arrangements for President Xi’s visit to India later this year for the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Source : Various