The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that Kashmir may not be a ‘major topic’ of discussion when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet for the second informal summit later this year. “As for Kashmir 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,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing.
“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 added.
However, Pakistan’s all-weather ally China tried to take the Kashmir issue to the UN Security Council last month. But in a close-door meeting of the UNSC, China and Pakistan both were snubbed as it ended without any statement.
Earlier, reports suggested that coastal town of Mamallapuram near Chennai might host the next informal summit between both the leaders that is scheduled to held in October.
The town was “one of the probable” ones that could host the top leaders of the respective countries for the two-day summit, the second informal one, the official had said on condition of anonymity.
In April 2018, Modi and Xi Jinping had held multiple meetings in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, as part of an unprecedented two-day informal summit to “solidify” the India-China relationship.