We Have Dispute With India On Border Issue: China

1 December 2009
Times of India
Saibal Dasgupta

Beijing: The Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday tried to avoid a direct reply on whether China had pressurized the state government of Jammu and Kashmir in India to stop construction of a road near the border area. 'China has a dispute with India on the border issue. The two sides should work together to ensure peace and stability in the border area until the pending dispute is resolved,' Qin Gang, the foreign ministry spokesman said at the regular briefing. J&K authorities recently said they had stopped construction of an eight-km road in the remote Demchok area of Buddhist-dominated Ladakh area near the Line of Actual Control after objections from the Chinese army. The Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday did not confirm or deny whether the Chinese army had raised objection. The ministry had recently taken neutral approach to the dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan. 'The Kashmir issue is an issue between India and Pakistan left over by history. We hope the two sides could properly resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiations,' Qin said on November 24 when he was asked to comment on a statement by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a major political group in India-controlled Kashmir. Farooq had said that China has a stake in the region's peace soon after China and the United States made a joint statement saying they supported efforts for improvement of relations between India and Pakistan.