India today reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir are internal matters and said it rejected “inappropriate references” to them by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his speech at a function in Pakistan. “The matter relating to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is entirely India’s internal affairs. Other countries including China have no locus standi to comment. They should note that India avoids making public judgments on their internal issues,” ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said. . reporters today in response to questions about the Chinese Foreign Minister’s speech.
Mr Wang had made reference to Kashmir in his opening remarks at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Pakistan. “In Kashmir, today we have heard again the cries of many of our Muslim friends. And China shares the same hope,” he said.
New Delhi’s rejection of Wang Yi’s comments came amid busy negotiations between the two sides over the possibility of his visit to New Delhi within two days.
China has repeatedly reiterated its support for the stance of Pakistan-its strategic ally-on the Jammu and Kashmir issues.
Last month, India rejected references to Jammu and Kashmir in a China-Pakistan joint statement, stressing that the region as well as the Union Territory of Ladakh “has been, is and will” remain an important and inseparable part of India.
The joint statement was issued on February 6 following talks in Beijing between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. Mr Bagchi said India “has always rejected such references and our position is known to China and Pakistan”.
In July last year, China had reiterated its support to Pakistan on the Jammu and Kashmir issue, saying it opposed any unilateral action that could complicate the situation.