China denied reports of its official media that said it has plans of mediating between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue, a media report said on Wednesday.
China said its position that Kashmir is a bilateral matter stands and the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has not affected it, the report added.
“China’s position on the issue of Kashmir is clear and consistent… It shall be properly addressed by India and Pakistan through consultation and negotiation,” news agency Press Trust of India reported Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang as saying. “The building of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor does not affect China’s position,” he added in a written response to a question.
“The building of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor does not affect China’s position,” he added in a written response to a question.
On Tuesday, Global Times, a publication of China’s ruling Communist Party, reported that Beijing had an interest in playing a bigger role in the region due to its investments in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that passes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
It was perhaps the first time that the Chinese official media floated Beijing’s interest in playing a mediatory role to resolve the Kashmir issue, the report said.