Beijing: China has apparently softened its stance over the abrogation of Article 370. It has called for dialogue as a “way forward” for India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.
“China and India are important neighbours 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,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Tuesday.
He added, “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. It serves the common interests of both India and Pakistan and represents the shared expectation of regional countries and the international community.”
This stance of China seems to be placatory who had earlier frowned upon the abrogation of Article 370. It is also to be noted that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is currently in Beijing for a three-day visit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting India this month for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.