Beijing, June 07 (KMS): China while reiterating that Jammu and Kashmir is a historical dispute has called for its resolution through negotiations, media reports said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said, “We also stressed many times that the Kashmir issue is one left behind by history between India and Pakistan and should be addressed properly through negotiations.”

The statement made by the Chinese Foreign Ministry comes a day after Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, had raised concern over China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

“The CPEC is an economic corridor and not targeted at any third party and has nothing to do with any territorial dispute. It will not affect China’s position on Kashmir,” Hua added.

On India’s bid to join Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), China made it clear that its position on the issue remains “unchanged”.

“China and other member including Russia maintained close communication and we also maintain that we should act in accordance with the principles of the NSG,” Hua told media. The application for accession by non-NPT countries is a multi-lateral question and should be addressed on the basis of consensus of the NSG members, Hua said when asked for reaction to Sushma Swaraj’s comments.

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