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India slams Jammu and Kashmir's mention in China-Pakistan joint statement; raises concerns on CPEC

File photo: Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Sep 10, 2019, 03.38 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India on Tuesday slammed the mention of Jammu and Kashmir in China-Pakistan joint statement during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and raised its concerns regarding the massive infrastructure project—the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Rejecting Jammu and Kashmir's reference, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, 'J&K is an integral part of India.'

The joint statement issued last week said, "Both sides further exchanged views on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir. The Pakistani side briefed China on the situation, including its concerns, position, and urgent humanitarian issues. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation."

Watch: Understanding China's stance on Kashmir

 Both Pakistan and China have been trying to rake up Kashmir at international forums after New Delhi's August 5th decision to remove the special status for the erstwhile state. On August 16 India was able to thwart a joint effort by Bejing and Islamabad to raise Kashmir at United Nations security council with Pakistan keen on an emergency session on Kashmir, which could not happen due to lack of support at the council. 

Meanwhile, New Delhi has expressed its concern to "both China and Pakistan on the projects in so-called “China Pakistan Economic Corridor” saying it "resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied J&K" and asked them "to cease such actions."

CPEC passes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir, a region that has been under Pakistani occupation since 1947. India has boycotted China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative due to CPEC, which New Delhi says violates its sovereignty.

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Rejecting Jammu and Kashmir's reference, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, 'J&K is an integral part of India.'