China on Monday refrained from making any direct comment on Pakistan’s latest move on exercising administrative authority on Gilgit-Baltistan, but said the CPEC, which traverses through the disputed region, will not affect its stand that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan.
China said that India and Pakistan both should resolved Kashmir problem together. Pakistan on May 21 approved the so-called Gilgit-Baltistan order, giving its Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi a chance to snatch more authority from the local council to deal with the affairs of the region
”Kashmir a historical baggage between India and Pakistan and shall be resolved between the two sides through dialogue and consultation, ”Chinese foreign ministry said. India mantains Gilgit-Baltistan part of entire Jammu and Kashmir.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing that “Kashmir issue is a historical baggage between India and Pakistan and therefore shall be resolved between the two sides through dialogue and consultation”.
“We have stressed many times that the CPEC is an initiative for economic cooperation. This is a cooperation framework which serves the purpose of economic development and the people’s livelihood. This initiative does not affect our position on the Kashmir issue,” she said.
Pakistan has bifurcated occupied Kashmir into two administrative parts – Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Gilgit-Baltistan was treated as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan till now. Pakistan is preparing to make Gilgit-Baltistan fifth state. It is believed that keeping in mind China’s concerns about Gilgit-Baltistan status, Pakistan has tried to change its status.