China Ready To Arbitrate In Kashmir Dispute

China Ready To Arbitrate In Kashmir Dispute

19 May 2013
Rising Kashmir


Islamabad: The Chinese ambassador to Pakistan has said that China is ready to act as an arbiter in Kashmir dispute but any such arrangement is subject to India's consent. Envoy Liu Jian affirmed that India and Pakistan could see rapprochement over Kashmir issue through China, reports The Nation. He, however, made it clear that such an arrangement would be subject to India’s acquiescence. Jian, at a farewell reception, said that Pakistan and China would sign a wide range of trade and economy and other strategic agreements during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's first ever two-day visit to Pakistan starting on May 22. Asked how change of leaderships in both the countries would impact China-Pakistan friendship, Jain said it would have no impact on bilateral ties. New government in Pakistan is set to take the charge with possibility of Nawaz Sharif being prime minister. Asked if Li Keqiang would invite incoming Pakistani prime minister to China, Liu Jain, said it was definite. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang travels next week to Pakistan, a long time ally, after a visit to India. Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a three-day state visit, his first overseas trip after assuming office in March, during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a string of issues including the recent border row. Li, who touched down late Sunday afternoon, was received by minister of state for external affairs E Ahmed at Palam airport's Air Force Station, where VVIP flights land. From India, Li will go to Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany. He is in India at the invitation of Manmohan Singh. Li's visit comes days after a China-Indian border stand-off was resolved. A platoon of Chinese troops intruded about 19 km inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) - the disputed boundary - April 15 and pitched tents. The row ended May 5 after several rounds of negotiations - military and diplomatic - with both sides reverting to the position that existed before April 15. The issue led to tensions and is likely to be discussed when Li and Singh hold restricted talks - without their delegations - Sunday evening. Singh is to also host a dinner for the visiting dignitary. Beijing's proposed border defence cooperation agreement, to which New Delhi has made suggestions to be included in the draft, is also likely to figure in the talks. 'Everything would be on the table when the two premiers meet,' an Indian official said. Officials of both sides are discussing the draft of the border agreement.