China Refuses To Take Hurriyat Bait, Says Not Party To Kashmir Conflict

24 November 2009
Times of India

Beijing: China on Tuesday refused to be drawn into the renewed controversy over Kashmir, which has been ignited with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, saying that Beijing should act as it had a stake in the region's peace. 'The Kashmir issue is an issue between India and Pakistan left over by history. We hope the two sides could properly resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiations,' Qin Gang, the foreign ministry spokesman said in reply to a question seeking his response to Farooq’s remarks. Qin’s statement is significant in view of India’s unhappiness over one portion of the joint declaration issued by China and the United States during Barack Obama’s recent visit to China. The statement said the two countries supported “the improvement of relations between India and Pakistan”. The foreign ministry spokesman was asked to comment about the snag developed during the launch of the Agni-II missile on Monday. “It is an internal matter for India. We hope India would contribute to regional peace and stability,” he said. Qin told a journalist he had not read reports about New Delhi denying visas to 3,000 workers. But China always supported development of trade and economic relationship with India. Trade and business relationship will also contribute to better neighborly relationship and help resolve pending issues, he said.