China has said the Kashmir issue may not be a 'major topic' of discussion during the planned 2nd informal summit between the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and the Chinese President, Mr. Xi Jinping, notwithstanding the high voltage campaign by its close ally Pakistan over India revoking the state's special status.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to the move, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.
A senior Chinese official said it should be left to Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi on the issues they would like to discuss.
'As for Kashmir it will be on the agenda, I’m not sure because this is kind of informal summit and leaders’ meeting I think better we need to give the leaders much time to discuss whatever they would like to discuss,' the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Ms. Hua Chunying, said.
'For this kind of informal summit, I think it is better to leave the leaders much time to discuss whatever they would like to discuss,' she said.