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China mum over Pakistan's plan on Gilgit-Baltistan

Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan through dialogue, asserted China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China mum over Pakistan's plan on Gilgit-Baltistan

on Friday skirted a direct response to Pakistan's plan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth province and said the Kashmir issue should be resolved between and through dialogue.

When asked about Pakistan's plan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reiterated China's position on the Kashmir issue.

"The essence of your question is about the issue of Kashmir. China's position on the issue is consistent and clear," she told reporters.

"We believe that it is an issue left over from the history between and and it should be resolved between the two sides through dialogue and consultation through proper manner," she said.

About the $46 billion Economic Corridor (CPEC) which goes through Gilgit-Baltistan region over which has protested to Beijing, Hua said, "the will not affect China's position on the relevant (Kashmir) issue".

Reports from Pakistan say that the decision to incorporate Gilgit-Baltistan as a new province was taken following pressure from over the legal status of the two areas which formed part of the

India on Friday termed as "entirely unacceptable" any possible attempt by Pakistan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, as the fifth province.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in New Delhi that any such step would not be able to hide the illegality of Pakistan's occupation of parts of which it must vacate, forthwith.

First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 15:48 IST