Kash­mir issue in ‘dead­lock’

China could me­di­ate, but India may not listen: ex­perts

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Zhang Han and Leng Shumei

A top Chi­nese di­plo­mat met the Pak­istani for­eign min­is­ter on Satur­day in Is­lam­abad and ex­changed views on Kash­mir, but Chi­nese ex­perts said the sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion may be a dead­lock as both sides hes­i­tate to take further steps.

Chi­nese State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi re­it­er­ated China’s po­si­tion on the issue, say­ing China at­taches great im­por­tance to Pak­istan’s le­git­i­mate and rea­son­able con­cerns, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Sun­day.

China will con­tinue to firmly sup­port Pak­istan in safeguardi­ng its sovereignt­y and ter­ri­to­rial integrity, Wang said.

Dur­ing their meet­ing, Pak­istani For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi elab­o­rated Pak­istan’s stance on Kash­mir.

On the same day, Pak­istan de­nied the In­dian president’s re­quest to use Pak­istani airspace for a visit to Europe.

The world is look­ing closely at Kash­mir with some ex­pect­ing Wang’s visit to me­di­ate be­tween the two sides, an­a­lysts said.

In early August, Wang said that China op­poses any uni­lat­eral ac­tion that com­pli­cates the re­gional sit­u­a­tion in a state­ment re­leased by the Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry.

China could act as a me­di­a­tor on the issue, but the key prob­lem now was that India is turn­ing a deaf ear to oth­ers’ dis­sua­sion, Hu Zhiy­ong, a re­search fel­low at the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Relations of the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

The sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir has been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing since August 5 when India uni­lat­er­ally scrapped the spe­cial status of India-con­trolled Kash­mir.

India’s move vi­o­lated a 1972 agree­ment on bilateral relations be­tween India and Pak­istan, also known as the Simla Agree­ment, which states that the fi­nal status of Jammu and Kash­mir is to be set­tled by peace­ful means, in ac­cor­dance with the UN Char­ter, Hu said.

Hu warned that India it­self will reap the con­se­quences if it continues to take its own course and push Pak­istan to re­tal­i­ate, the worst sit­u­a­tion of which is to use nuclear weapons.

How­ever, Zhao Gancheng, a re­search fel­low at the Shang­hai in­sti­tutes for in­ter­na­tional stud­ies, said that there was a limit to what third par­ties could do to me­di­ate.

“The sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir will prob­a­bly reach a dead­lock as the two sides are both hes­i­tat­ing to take further steps,” Zhao said.

Wang Yi was in Is­lam­abad for the third China-afghanista­n-pak­istan For­eign Min­is­ters’ Di­a­logue, which tack­led re­gional peace and stability when the sit­u­a­tion in South Asia is go­ing through pro­found and com­pli­cated changes, Xin­hua re­ported.

The three sides reached an agree­ment to im­ple­ment a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) on coun­tert­er­ror­ism they signed at the end of 2018. They will make a pro­gram list to im­ple­ment the MOU.

With the com­pli­cated re­gional sit­u­a­tion that is in fast change, Afghanista­n and Pak­istan are will­ing to join hands with China in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism, main­tain­ing re­gional peace and stability and pro­mot­ing re­gional de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity, Xin­hua re­ported.

The three sides also agreed to hold further di­a­logue in China in 2020, re­ports said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.