India rejects China, Pakistan joint statement on Jammu and Kashmir

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India on Tuesday hit back at China and Pakistan for reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement issued after the recent visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister to Pakistan.

“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India,” said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

“We reject the reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the Joint Statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister. J&K is an integral part of India,” Kumar said.

The MEA expressed concerns over the ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor’ project. 

“On the other hand, India has consistently expressed concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in so-called “China Pakistan Economic Corridor”, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947,” the statement said.

“India is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied J&K. We call on the parties concerned to cease such actions.,” it added.