Kashmir dispute: India rejects China offer, says ready for dialogue with Pakistan

"Our stand is absolutely clear. You are aware that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism emanating from a particular country that threatens peace and stability in the country, region, and the world. We are ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework," Gopal Bagely said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2017 6:36 pm
India-China, kashmir issue, india pakistan, china pakistan, sikkim border, Gopal Bagely, Narendra Modi, xi jinping, kashmir issue, bilateral framework The remarks from China come at a time wen both the neighbouring countries and their armies are locked in a stand-off in Doklam area in Sikkim.

Dismissing China’s offer of playing a ‘constructive role’ in resolving the Kashmir crisis,  India on Thursday said it was open for talks with Pakistan on the issue.

“Our stand is absolutely clear. You are aware that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism emanating from a particular country that threatens peace and stability in the country, region, and the world. We are ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said at his weekly media briefing in New Delhi.

Expressing concern over the mounting tension between India and Pakistan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Wednesday had said “the conflict occurred near the Line of Control of Kashmir. This will not only harm the peace and stability of the two countries but also the peace and tranquillity of the region.”

The remarks from China came at a time when both the neighbouring countries and their armies are locked in a stand-off in Doklam area in Sikkim. Gopal Bagely, however, said that the two countries are using diplomatic channels to ease the tension. He also reiterated that both PM Modi and President Xi Jinping shared a conversation over a range of issues when they met at the G20 Summit, a claim that has been rejected by Chinese

Meanwhile, the Centre is under fire from the opposition for the way it handled the Sikkim border issue and the Kashmir situation. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj will brief the opposition about India’s stance on both the issues at a meeting on Friday. The government hopes to build support among the Opposition ahead of the Parliament  monsoon session beginning Monday.

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    Sreekumar Prabhakaran
    Jul 14, 2017 at 8:54 am
    Why reject the friendly offer!!? We can have China playing a ‘constructive role’ in resolving the Kashmir crisis, while discussing freedom or meaningful autonomy to Tibet.
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      undefined
      Jul 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm
      What friendly offer?
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      ginololoya
      Jul 14, 2017 at 7:25 am
      China, you watch out for missiles from India and Pakistani terrorists hitting CPEC. Who asked you to build these?
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        THATHAMAN
        Jul 14, 2017 at 6:45 am
        NALAYAK NMODI DOING HARAKIRI BY CHALLENGING BOTH CHINA AND PAKISTHAN AND SAME TIME. HE MUST FIRST TACKLE PAKISTHAN AND THEN NEED BE THEN CHINA. NO ONE WILL COME FOR ANY HELP TO THIS WARRIOR WHEN HIS STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. U,S. CHINA AND RUSSIA WILL SHARE THE REMAINS OF INDIA AFTER GIVING KASHMIR TO PEKISTHAN IN CASE OF MODI DOES SOME UNWANTED HEROIC DEEDS. MODI IS DISASTROUS TO NOT ONLY INDIA BUT FOR THE ASIAN CONTINENT. HE MUST BE STOPED BEFORE HE DOES FURTHER DAN MAGES TO OUR FOREIGN RELATIONS
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          BM
          Jul 14, 2017 at 6:11 am
          India has worse enemy within who have secret meetings with Chinese ambassador and other High Commissioners. What they are telling China about India ? What secrets have been passed to Pakistan ? Why India security agencies are not investigating those people.
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            BM
            Jul 14, 2017 at 5:57 am
            "We are ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework", could anyone tell us that what India is talking about with Pakistan for the last 70 years ? How Kashmir problem will be solved by "bilateral" talks ? Will Pakistan vacate PoK, because India wants it ? Or, India will leave Kashmir ? Perhaps, India expect that Pakistan will agree for par ion of Kashmir ? Pakistan has made it clear that "Pakistan wants India to vacate the state of Jammu and Kashmir", that means Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. It seems that Indian politicians have virtually no policy about Kashmir. Pakistan is an aggressive country, occupying Indian territory and UNSC resolution of 1948, of which China is an signatory, clearly says that Pakistan must vacate it's aggression. Either Indian leaders and civil servants are stupid or they think public is stupid. Kashmir will be solved by talks, what a stupid diatribe.
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              Ramesh Nittoor
              Jul 14, 2017 at 4:37 am
              Multiple Chinese agencies and departments being involved in pressuring India implies their core leader is directing these moves.This dims the scope of the matter not being considered a dispute. Moot point is whether this dispute is in the interest of India and inimical to China or the other way around. Much depends on how Pakistan responds, and this matter is not clear yet. By opening up Kashmir issue it has taken a most serious risk, Indian rebuff they probably expect Pakistan to lean towards them even more, accentuating terror risks even further. But Pakistan is less likely to take this bait, instead may perceive in Chinese brazen moves, their bigger game plan, which can jeopardize their foundational projects, which may be better sa uarded in a Saarcian structure. As Pakistan weighs pros and cons of various options, the dice is loaded against China. This could make Chinese escalate border tensions even more. Either way there is greater turbulence ahead for India.
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                Ramesh Nittoor
                Jul 14, 2017 at 4:49 am
                Chinese probably compute that the Modi government will lose credibility and could be made to veer off its development agenda, and proximity to US and developed nations. India they got to realize is not Philippines, and there is enough resilience in India to manage its own security with no abject dependency which shall cause long term damage. The stability of Saarcian framework depends a great deal on India remaining non-aligned and this ensures Pakistan does not become a North Korea equivalent. At some point China will have to reassess Indian capabilities and concede their miscalculations and take steps to cut their losses. Given their economic size, it is likely to be a long haul.
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                  Ramesh Nittoor
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 5:02 am
                  Gen Sundarji, though discredited after severe IPKF losses, had made an interesting point on China. To paraphrase, he used the En Passent rule of Chess, as metaphor about taking on China, and Pakistan being automatically won over as a pawn. India did not make any aggressive military move, it was Chinese foray which led India to respond with a double square leap. In this circumstance whether Pakistan back its so called all weather friend or go by the way Gen Ayub Khan responded by offering support in 1962, remains to be seen.
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                    Ramesh Nittoor
                    Jul 14, 2017 at 5:04 am
                    go by the way Gen Ayub Khan responded by offering support in 1962 to India, remains to be seen.
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                      Ramesh Nittoor
                      Jul 14, 2017 at 5:42 am
                      Later the same Gen Ayub Khan realized in 1965 that Kashmir could not be equated to the peninsula tip of Spain but was a keystone of Indian secular unity, which would be defended as an existential threat to the foundational values of Indian state.
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                      Ramesh Nittoor
                      Jul 14, 2017 at 5:23 am
                      But Pakistan is less likely to take this bait, instead may perceive in Chinese brazen moves, the Chinese bigger game plan, which can jeopardize their foundational Pakistaniyat and Islamiyat projects, which may be better sa uarded in a Saarcian structure.
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                      Jagdish Chandra
                      Jul 14, 2017 at 4:07 am
                      One sentence, totalitarian regime, how can intervene as facilitator, arbitrator or meddling in affairs of liberal nation, case of India is absolutely differ because he is spearhead nation of democratic world. China must twice thought what it is wishing?
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                        Genuine.Modi.Bhakt
                        Jul 14, 2017 at 3:06 am
                        External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Bagkay is a pedophile to have agreed to China that India will talk to P a k i s t a n. All genuine bhakts who hate Po-rkistan should send him to Po-rkistan.
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