BEIJING - China yesterday opposed the Indian plan of holding a G20 meeting in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and called on the member of the group to focus on economic recovery and avoid politicising the issue.
“China’s position on Kashmir is consistent and clear cut. It is a legacy issue between India and Pakistan,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing in response to a question regarding the Indian attempt to hold G20 meeting in the occupied area of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It should be properly resolved in accordance with the relevant United Nations (UN) resolutions,” he added.
Pakistan has already completely rejected India’s attempt to hold the G20 meeting in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, reiterating that the region is under New Delhi’s forcible and illegal occupation. As per media reports, India is planning to host the 2023 meetings of the G20 and its Ministry of External Affairs has issued directives to the authorities in the occupied territory to ensure necessary arrangements. “We need to address disputes through dialogue and consultation and jointly uphold peace and stability,” he said. He remarked that G20 is a premier forum for international economic cooperation and called on relevant sides to focus on economic recovery and avoid politicising the relevant issue so as to make positive contribution to improving global economic governance.