China ‘Worried’ Over Kashmir Situation

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Beijing: China on Monday said that it hoped that the situation in Kashmir will be ‘handled properly’ and ‘relevant parties’ will address the issue peacefully through dialogue.

“China has taken note of relevant reports. We are equally concerned about the casualties in the clash, and hope that relevant incident will be handled properly,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in his remarks posted on the Foreign Ministry website.

“The Kashmir issue is left over from history. China holds a consistent stance and hopes relevant parties will address the issue peacefully through dialogue,” he said in response to a question on the recent Kashmir unrest.

It is a rare move of China commenting on the developments relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

The standard line followed by China in recent years on issues relating to Kashmir was that it is an issue between India and Pakistan left over from history and should be properly handled by the two sides through dialogue and consultation. 

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