Pakistan expects China to rake up Kashmir issue during PM Modi-Xi Jinping informal meet

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is all set to meet for an informal summit in Mamallapuram, Pakistan will be keeping a close eye on the meeting amid expections that China will bring up the issue of Kashmir.

China has been by far the only all-out support for Pakistan’s case against India on the Kashmir issue. (Photo: AP

Days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s three-day visit to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting the Chinese President Xi Jinping for an informal summit in Tamil Nadu’s Mamallapuram.

Pakistan will be keeping a close eye on the meeting amid expections that China will bring up the issue of Kashmir and Indian government’s August 5 decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

China has been by far the only all-out support for Pakistan’s case against India on the Kashmir issue as it has supported Islamabad in taking the matter to the United Nation Security Council (UNSC.

China has maintained that it opposes Indian government’s ‘unilateral’ decision of 5 August and urged both India and Pakistan to settle disputes and issues regarding Kashmir through dialogue.

China has also been vocal in raising concerns over the human rights situation and what it calls human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

China has been on Pakistan’s side on many issues and has blocked India’s attempts to declare Islamabad as a terror-harboring state in the past.

China gave a clear signal of its inclination when it invited Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing for bilateral talks ahead of Xi Jinping’s trip to India.

“China supports Pakistan in safeguarding its independent sovereignty and territorial integrity”, said Chinese Prime Minsiter Li Keqiang.

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi also maintained that President Xi Jinping had taken PM Imran Khan into confidence over his upcoming trip to India.

“The nature of our relation is such that we take each other into confidence at every step”, said Qureshi.