China opposes India’s plan to hold G20 meet in IIOJK

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.

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