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China ignores Pakistan’s call to urgently consider J&K situation at UNSC

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NEW DELHI: As chair of the UN Security Council in March, and in a brusque abandonment of its previous position, China ignored a request by Pakistan to consider “urgent and appropriate” what the latter described as serious events in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) The importance of China’s action or inaction, while holding the presidency of the UNSC, has not been lost in India, as the two countries seek to jointly combat Covid-19 and, as the Foreign Minister said, S Jaishankar, last week, continue to build on bilateral efforts in that area. .

The government announced Tuesday that Air India had established a cargo airlift between India and China, which worked overtime to convince the world that it is not responsible for the origin of Covid-19, to transport critical medical equipment and supplies between the two. countries.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote to then UNSC President Zhang Jun of China on March 9, highlighting the “dire human rights situation” at J&K. Pakistan announced this development only on March 27.

While Pakistan’s announcement did not specify what action Islamabad had sought, a letter dated March 10, to which TOI agreed, from Pakistan’s permanent representative Munir Akram to Zhang reveals that Pakistan requested “urgent and appropriate consideration” by the Security Council under “India – Pakistan Question” on developments in J&K that “pose a threat to international peace and security”. Qureshi’s letter is attached to that sent by Akram to Zhang.

Beijing had been openly defending Pakistan’s case over India’s decision to revoke J&K special status until January this year, including forcing the Security Council to hold an informal meeting last year on the issue. China forced the United Nations Security Council to hold another closed-door meeting in Kashmir this year in January, but this one also ended without result as an overwhelming majority in the Council agreed that the issue could only be discussed bilaterally.

That, as the president of the UNSC, he decided not to heed Islamabad’s call for urgent consideration on the same subject is a significant change by Beijing in regards to India.

As a follow-up to Qureshi’s letter, Pakistan has also called for the removal of all communication restrictions at J&K and “unrestricted” access to medical supplies and other essential supplies in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.

However, in the new coronavirus, India and China appear to be working together to contain the disease, as evidenced by Jaishankar’s conversation last week with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. After Jaishankar tweeted about his conversation with Wang, the Chinese ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, said that India had agreed not to “label the virus.” Sun said again in a tweet on Wednesday that India and China were partners sailing on the same boat and trying to help each other.

The Indian government has so far been silent on the origin of the virus. Official sources here described the G20 video conference as the “best illustration of global cooperation” without any country attempting to impute motive.

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