Congress has slammed the Narendra Modi-led government for failing to stop China from interfering in the internal matters of India after China said it was paying close attention to the situation in Kashmir.
Taking to Twitter after a heated exchange of words between India and China on Kashmir, Congress leader Manish Tewari asked why does India not raise issues of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, human rights violations in Xinjiang like China keep raising concerns about Kashmir.
Xi Jinping says he is watching Kashmir but why does @PMOIndia/MEA not say 1)We are watching Pro-Democracy protests muzzled in Hong Kong. 2 )We are watching human rights violations in Xinjiang. 3 )We are watching continued oppression in Tibet 4 )We are watching the South China Sea, Congress’s Manish Tewari wrote on Twitter as he hit out at the Centre for its inability to stop China from interfering in India’s internal matters.
Manish Tewari’s tweet came in response to Chinese President telling Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that it was paying "close attention" to the situation in Kashmir just hours before the second informal Modi-Xi summit in Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram.
Reacting to reports of Xi and Khan discussing Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry stated that Beijing was "well aware" of New Delhi's position and it was not for other countries to comment on its internal affairs.
What did China say on Kashmir
Xi Jinping, who is scheduled to visit India on Friday to hold 2nd informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assured Imran Khan during a meeting here that the friendship between China and Pakistan is "unbreakable and rock-solid" despite changes in the international and regional situation.
Imran Khan's visit to China comes at a time when tensions have spiked between Pakistan and India after New Delhi ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
"Xi told Khan that China is paying close attention to the Kashmir situation and the facts are clear," the official Xinhua news agency quoted the Chinese president as telling Khan.
"China supports Pakistan to safeguard its own legitimate rights and hopes that the relevant parties can solve their disputes through peaceful dialogue," Xinhua quoted the Chinese president as saying.
The Chinese president also called on the two sides to maintain close high-level exchanges, step up strategic communication and coordinate positions on major issues in a timely fashion.