France, UK, US, and Russia fail China’s attempt to rake up Kashmir issue in UNSC

Earlier Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that Beijing is watching the Kashmir situation and will support its ally Pakistan in its core interests

New Delhi: China attempted to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at the behest of “all-weather” ally Pakistan failed to bear fruit as most members sought a bilateral resolution to the conflict between neighbors.

According to sources US, UK, France, and Russia were of the opinion that the Kashmir issue did not need to be discussed at the UNSC and should instead be settled bilaterally.

Since August the move by China is the third attempt when the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated by the government, and the state was split into two Union Territories.

In August, China pushed for a UNSC meeting on Kashmir after the government abrogated J&K’s special status. However, the meeting did not yield the desired results as the member-states maintained that India’s move was an internal issue.

Last month also these four countries France, the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia had foiled an attempt by China to discuss Kashmir at a closed-door meeting of the UNSC.

India’s Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin welcomed the move and said the outcome was on expected lines. “We are happy that neither the alarming scenario painted by the representatives of Pakistan nor any of the baseless allegations made repeatedly by many representatives of Pakistan in UN fora were found to be credible,” he added.

Earlier Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that Beijing is watching the Kashmir situation and will support its ally Pakistan in its core interests.

Since the Narendra Modi-led government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by that time India and Pakistan have been locked in a war of words.

In agitation, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria and also suspended trade ties. It has also internationalized the issue by raising it at the UN but did not get much support.

China is an all-time ally of Islamabad has backed Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, with its Foreign Minister Wang Yi, earlier addressed to the UN General Assembly and said, “No actions that would unilaterally change the status quo should be taken.”

China has been critical of India’s reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir and has specifically criticized Delhi for making Ladakh a Union Territory. China lays claim over several parts of Ladakh.

India’s decisions on Kashmir had also cast a shadow over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India in October 2019 for the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, despite the bitterness over the Kashmir issue, PM Modi and Xi held “successful” talks in the ancient coastal town of Mamallapuram, signaling a recalibration of bilateral ties.

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