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India Rejects China-Pakistan References to Jammu and Kashmir in Joint Statement

India has firmly rejected references to Jammu and Kashmir in a joint statement issued by China and Pakistan, reaffirming its stance on the territories’ integral status.

The joint statement, released in Beijing following discussions between Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese Premier Li Qiang, included mentions of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which India also criticized.

India’s Strong Rebuttal on Jammu and Kashmir

On Thursday, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) responded decisively to the joint statement made by China and Pakistan on June 7. The statement included unwarranted references to the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which India has categorically rejected.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal emphasized India’s longstanding position that Jammu and Kashmir, along with the Union Territory of Ladakh, have been, are, and will always remain integral parts of India.

“We have noted unwarranted references to the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir in the joint statement between China and Pakistan of June 7. We categorically reject such references,” Jaiswal asserted. He reiterated that no other country has the right to comment on the matter, underlining India’s sovereign stance on the issue.

The joint statement from China and Pakistan had noted that Pakistan briefed China on the latest developments in Jammu and Kashmir. It further stated that China believes the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is a historical issue that should be resolved peacefully in line with the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and bilateral agreements.

This position has been consistently opposed by India, which sees any external commentary on the region as interference in its internal affairs.

Opposition to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

In addition to rejecting references to Jammu and Kashmir, India also took a strong stance against the inclusion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the joint statement.

The CPEC is a major infrastructure project that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), a region India claims as its own territory. India’s opposition to CPEC is rooted in its objection to Pakistan’s illegal occupation of these territories.

“The same joint statement also mentions activities and projects under the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), some of which are in India’s sovereign territory under forcible and illegal occupation by Pakistan,” Jaiswal highlighted. He reiterated India’s resolute opposition to any actions that attempt to legitimize or reinforce Pakistan’s occupation of these regions.

India has consistently opposed the CPEC since its inception, arguing that it violates India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. The project is seen as a strategic initiative by China and Pakistan, aimed at bolstering economic and infrastructural ties between the two countries, while also challenging India’s claims over the region.

Broader Implications of the Joint Statement

The joint statement and India’s subsequent rejection of its references have broader implications for regional geopolitics. The reaffirmation of CPEC and the mention of Jammu and Kashmir indicate the strengthening of the China-Pakistan alliance, which is often perceived as countering India’s influence in South Asia.

This alliance has been a point of concern for India, which views it as a strategic encirclement.

India’s response underscores its unwillingness to accept any international narrative that undermines its territorial claims.

By categorically rejecting the joint statement’s references, India is sending a clear message about its territorial integrity and sovereignty. This stance is particularly significant in the context of ongoing border tensions with China and long-standing disputes with Pakistan.

The situation remains delicate, as both China and Pakistan continue to push forward with their collaborative projects, including CPEC.

For India, maintaining a firm stance on territorial issues is crucial not only for its national integrity but also for its geopolitical strategy in the region.

The MEA’s robust response reflects India’s strategic priorities and its commitment to safeguarding its territorial claims against any external challenges.

The joint statement by China and Pakistan has once again highlighted the contentious nature of regional geopolitics involving India, Pakistan, and China.

India’s categorical rejection of references to Jammu and Kashmir, along with its opposition to CPEC, underscores its unwavering stance on these critical issues, signaling continued tensions and the need for careful diplomatic navigation in the region.

 

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