China fully supports Pakistan’s decision to go to UNSC over Kashmir issue: FM

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BEIJING, August 10 (DNA): China has expressed serious concerns on the
latest escalation of tensions in Kashmir.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi while talking to his Pakistanicounterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Beijing Saturday said the Kashmir
issue is a dispute left from the colonial history and it should beproperly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant UNSecurity Council resolutions and bilateral agreement.

Wang Yi said his country will continue to support Pakistan in
safeguarding its legitimate rights and interests and uphold justice for
Pakistan on the international arena. He said China believes that
unilateral actions that will complicate the situation should not be
taken.

He stressed that as all-weather strategic cooperative partners, China
and Pakistan have understood and supported each other on issues
concerning our respective core interests.

Wang Yi called on both Pakistan and India to proceed from their national
development and peace in South Asia, properly resolve historical
grievances, get rid of the zero-sum mindset, avoid unilateral action and
seek a new path to peaceful coexistence.

Later, talking to media after his two and half hours long meeting with
his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing today, Foreign Minister Shah
Mehmood Qureshi said China fully supports Pakistan’s decision to go to
UN Security Council over Kashmir and assured complete cooperation in
this regard.

He said Chinese side agreed that steps taken by India are unilateral
that have changed the status quo and structure of occupied Jammu and
Kashmir.

Wang Yi also agreed that Indian steps could jeopardize the peace and
stability in the region.

The Foreign Minister said his Chinese counterpart was in concurrence
that Jammu and Kashmir has been recognized as a disputed region and its
resolution should also be in the light of UN resolutions.

He said Chinese side was informed that after lifting of curfew in
occupied Kashmir, a new era of atrocities could start in the territory
evoking reactions.