Just few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai, China had given a call on Kashmir issue saying that, “India and Pakistan to step up dialogue on disputes including the Kashmir issue to enhance mutual trust and improve relations”. This is seen as China distancing itself from the Kashmir issue ahead of Modi-Xi meeting in Chennai.
Spokesperson of China Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said, “China and India are important neighbors to each other. Both are large developing countries as well as major emerging markets. Since the Wuhan Informal Summit last year, China-India relations have shown sound momentum of development,”.
Few months back, China had organized a consultative meet at United Nations Security Council in the backdrop of India scrapping the special status to the former Jammu and Kashmir state. This move of China found no support at United Nations Security Council, where India received the support of United States, United Kingdom, France and Russia.
On Tuesday, China softened its stand on this issue as China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, “China’s position on the issue of Kashmir is consistent and clear. We call on India and Pakistan to step up dialogue on disputes including the Kashmir issue to enhance mutual trust and improve relations.”
The first India-China informal summit happened at Wuhan in April 2018. During this meeting, heads of both the countries gave strategic guidance to forces of India and China to make sure that crisis similar to Doklam won’t repeat between both the countries.