Modi Didn’t Discuss Kashmir Conflict with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Narendra Modi exchanging the gifts with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 12, 2019. Photo: PIB
Narendra Modi exchanging the gifts with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 12, 2019. Photo: PIB

Currently, Kashmir is facing extreme human rights violations being committed by the Indian security forces, as the Modi government has abrogated Article 370.

By Rakesh Raman

India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi said that the 2nd informal summit at Mamallapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu has begun a new era of cooperation between India and China.

He was making his inaugural statement at the beginning of the delegation-level talks chaired by him and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the second day of the summit on Saturday (October 12).

Referring to the first informal summit between the two countries at Wuhan last year, Modi said it has brought in an increased stability and fresh momentum in our relations, adding that the strategic communication has increased between the two countries.

Modi further said, “We have decided that we would prudently manage our differences without letting them turn into disputes, that we would be sensitive to each other’s concerns and that our relations strive towards world peace and stability.”

A few days ago, the Chinese President Xi Jinping had expressed his concern over the unrest in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK). He had told the visiting Pakistan PM Imran Khan during a meeting in Beijing that he was watching the situation in Kashmir and would support Pakistan in issues related to its core interests.

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Currently, Kashmir is facing extreme human rights violations being committed by the Indian security forces, as the Modi government has abrogated Article 370 which gave special privileges to the people of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).

Expecting backlash from the Kashmiris, the Modi government had imposed curfew in Kashmir and millions of people (most of them are Muslims) have been locked in their homes since August 4, a day before revoking Article 370 for J&K.

However, the official statement issued by the Indian government about Modi-Jinping meeting did not mention if Modi raised the Kashmir issue with the Chinese leader who has expressed his displeasure with the Modi government’s excesses in Kashmir.

Referring to the 2nd Informal Summit at Mamallapuram, Modi said with our “Chennai Connect” a new era of cooperation has begun in the relations of our two countries.

“I thank President Xi Jinping for coming to India for our second informal summit. The #ChennaiConnect will add great momentum to India-China relations. This will benefit the people of our nations and the world,” Modi said.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of the humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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