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India slams China over reference to J&K situation at UNGA

Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 28, 2019, 06.22 PM (IST)

During the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) address, Indian representatives asserted that China should "respect India's sovereignty and territorial integrity" as the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir are "entirely a matter internal to India". 

This comes in a day after Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi made a reference to Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

India also did not hold back words and referred to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as "ïllegal". One of the key stressors in India-China ties, the $50 billion corridor that connects Kashgar in western China to Gwadar port in Pakistan, covering 3,000 kilometres. India has been very vocal about its disdain for the corridor as it passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir(PoK). 

At the General Debate of the 74th session of the UNGA, the Chinese foreign minister had said that the Kashmir issue should be "peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the U.N. Charter, Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement".

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in response, said: "The Chinese side is well aware of India's position that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India, and that the recent developments are entirely a matter internal to us."

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"We expect that other countries will respect India's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and desist from efforts to change the status quo through the illegal so-called China Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan occupied Kashmir," the foreign ministry spokesperson said.

The centre on August 5 had scrapped special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and had divided the state into two Union Territories. 

Pakistan PM Imran Khan had on Friday said that there would be a “bloodbath” when India eases restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir and warned the tensions between the two countries could escalate into a nuclear war, which India dismissed as "brinkmanship, not statesmanship".