- The G-20, a significant organisation that brings together the world's leading economies, will assemble in Jammu and Kashmir in 2023.
- The union territory administration last Thursday established a five-member high-level committee for general coordination.
China expressed its disapproval of India’s alleged plans to hold the G-20 summit in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, repeating its close ally Pakistan’s disapproval. China also stressed that relevant parties should avoid “unilateral acts” that may “complicate” the situation.
In response to a query from the official media, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a media conference on Thursday, “We have acknowledged this new development.”
“China has a clear and consistent attitude on the Kashmir problem. In accordance with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions, and bilateral agreements, the Kashmir issue, which is a conflict from the past, should be resolved peacefully and appropriately “added Zhao.
He stated that “All parties involved must refrain from taking any unilateral actions that could worsen the situation. To preserve the peace and stability of the region, efforts should be undertaken to resolve the problem via communication and consultation.”
Zhao noted that the G20 is the leading venue for global economic and financial cooperation and urged all major economies to concentrate on a steady recovery of the world economy, refrain from politicising relevant collaboration, and contribute favourably to enhancing global economic governance.
He responded, “We will look at whether China would join the summit,” when asked if China, a G20 member, will attend the 2023 gathering. Zhao responded to a different query regarding India’s concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor being built in the contentious area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) “The nature of the two situations is totally different.
China has invested in a number of projects in Pakistan to further economic development and enhance living conditions.” Zhao stated, probably in a rare instance for China to define Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in this manner, “These projects are in Pakistan-occupied portions of Kashmir.”
According to him, “relevant Chinese enterprises carry out the necessary projects with the aim of aiding Pakistan’s economic development and enhancing the standard of living for its citizens.”
He emphasised that “this does not change China’s stance on the Kashmir problem.”
Pakistan stated on June 25 that it rejected India’s intention to host a G20 summit in Kashmir, hoping that participants would be fully aware of the need for law and justice and would vehemently disagree with the idea.
The G-20, a significant organisation that brings together the world’s leading economies, will assemble in Jammu and Kashmir in 2023. The union territory administration last Thursday established a five-member high-level committee for general coordination.
This is the first significant summit that is anticipated to take place in Jammu and Kashmir after the former state was split into two union territories in August 2019 and lost the special status guaranteed by Article 370 of the Constitution.
Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, a spokesman for the Pakistan Foreign Office, said in a statement that Islamabad has seen news reports surfacing in the Indian media suggesting that India may be considering holding any G20-related meeting in Jammu and Kashmir.
Any such move by India is categorically rejected by Pakistan, according to Ahmad.
He noted that Jammu and Kashmir is a well-known internationally acknowledged disputed area between Pakistan and India that has remained on the United Nations Security Council’s agenda for
He believed that the G20 members would be fully aware of the requirements of law and justice and would reject any such contentious proposal from India outright.