China's Xi says watching Kashmir, supports Pakistan's core interests

External affairs minister S Jaishankar held meetings with several top US officials in Washington during his three-day trip

External affairs minister S Jaishankar held meetings with several top US officials in Washington during his three-day trip

Earlier, addressing the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in Beijing, Imran Khan, who was inspired by China's way of tackling corruption, said he wished to put 500 corrupt people in Pakistan behind bars just like Chinese President Xi Jinping did, to rid the county of "biggest impediment to prosperity".

India says its revocation of the special status of Muslim-majority Kashmir, which was accompanied by a crackdown on dissent by the security forces, is an internal matter aimed at developing the Himalayan territory, which is also claimed by Pakistan, more quickly.

If China is repeating the stance on Kashmir that it had taken at the United Nations General Assembly where Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said pretty much the same thing, it is also worth noting that on Tuesday, China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang omitted all references to the UN on Kashmir and "advised" India and Pakistan to thrash out the issue "bilaterally".

Imran Khan's search the advice of with to China, third since he took over as Top Minister in August closing year, acquires significance because it comes days ahead of President Xi's deliberate excessive-profile search the advice of with to India to select section in the 2nd casual summit with Top Minister Narendra Modi at Mamallapuram attain Chennai subsequent week.

India's moves have strained ties with Pakistan, which also claims sovereignty over the region. But I think today it is a very stable relationship.

China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation. President Donald Trump's trade war with China and his administration's decision to increase tariffs on Indian goods, has also generated the prospect of improvement in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

According to a Foreign Office press statement, the premier was received by China Culture Minister Luo Shugang, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing and Pakistan's Ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi.

Khan, according to the statement, apprised Premier Li of the latest developments and the importance of urgent action by the global community to alleviate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people in the lockdown.

Given that Modi has been re-elected with a stronger majority in Parliament than in 2014 and Xi is viewed as president for life, the two leaders could work at charting out a vision for bilateral ties for the next two or three decades. He also pointed out that the high profile civil-military meetings also signal that India's growing ties with the Indo-Pacific Quad had now firmly entered the China-Pakistan equation.

Since Nepal became a signatory to China's massive infrastructure plan called Belt and Road Initiative in 2017, most projects are likely to come under the initiative. Beijing also hopes BRI will help expand its clout over Pakistan and across Central and South Asia, as well as counter USA influence in the region.

"Pakistan is opening up for the businesses and it was a great time for the Chinese companies to invest in the country", Khan added.

Xi's trip will inject new impetus into China-India and China-Nepal relations, even China's relations with South Asia.

"All the existing projects under the CPEC portfolio have been streamlined and there is no slowdown anywhere", the minister said in his opening statement.

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