As Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks with Xi Jinping ahead of the Chinese President's important visit to India, China said the Kashmir issue should be resolved between New Delhi and Islamabad, significantly omitting its recent references to the UN and UN Security Council resolutions.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang during his media briefing on Tuesday did not make any official announcement about Xi's visit to India.
However, Chinese officials informally said an announcement would be made simultaneously in Beijing and New Delhi on Wednesday.
China has said dialogue is the only way forward to resolve J&K issue. This is being seen as a softening of stance over India’s decision to scrap Article 370.
The iron brother of Pakistan said that dialogue serves the common interests of both India and Pakistan. The Chinese statement comes ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.
India has always maintained that the Kashmir issue can be resolved bilaterally and it never accepted a third party mediation.
The Centre has brought Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 in Parliament and bifurcated the state into two union territories.