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Separatists make contact with China to ‘discuss’ Kashmir

March 30, 2010

The chief of Kashmir’s moderate separatist alliance recently met a Chinese delegation in Geneva, the first such contact by Kashmiri separatists with Chinese officials since a simmering discontent against Indian rule broke out in 1989.

Mirwaiz Umar FarooqMirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, met the Chinese Director Foreign Affairs, Ying Gang, in Geneva on the sidelines of the 13th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council and discussed Beijing’s possible role in the resolution of the dispute.

“It was a good gesture as the government of China had earlier avoided meeting us,” Farooq said.

According to Farooq, the Chinese official expressed support for the resolution of Kashmir problem “as per the wishes and aspirations” of people of the disputed region.

“Our country supports resumption of composite dialogue between India and Pakistan. China wants the two countries to take steps towards the resolution of Kashmir,” the Mirwaiz quoted Gang as saying.

Adding to New Delhi’s discomfiture over involving China in Kashmir, Farooq also urged the Chinese official to start academic research projects in Chinese universities to create awareness about the long-running Kashmir conflict.

The meeting may irritate New Delhi, which is angered at any hint that Kashmir is not part of India.

Last year, New Delhi barred residents of Indian Kashmir from travelling to China on separate visas issued by the Chinese embassy.

New Delhi protested against the visa policy and took up the matter with the Chinese embassy, asking Beijing to stop discriminating against Indian nationals on the basis of their “ethnicity” and “domicile”.

But Kashmiris say that China’s decision to issue visas to Kashmiris on loose sheets and now meeting with Farooq reflects Beijing’s recognition of Kashmir as disputed territory.

China has not given any explanation for its moves so far.

Kashmiri separatists say China has a stake in peace in the region because a part of the disputed state is under Beijing’s control.

Kashmir, where tens of thousands of people have been killed since an anti-India insurgency broke out in 1989, is divided between India, Pakistan and China.

India controls around 45 percent of the former princely state, Pakistan around a third and China the rest, a largely uninhabited slice of high-altitude desert.

Is China’s move a tit-for-tat measure against India where Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who calls for greater autonomy and cultural freedom for Tibet, has lived since fleeing Tibet during a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959?

China accuses the Dalai Lama of wanting independence for Tibet.

And could this meeting between Chinese officials and Kashmiri separatists after last year’s visa row affect relations between Beijing and New Delhi?

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I think the Chinese meeting with Hurriyat was quite significant. China which occupies a big chunk of Kashmir area should not escape from responsibilities and behave like a policemen in Asia and contribute to the resolution of Kashmir problem.
I think this was their first meeting and reflects that China has realized the gravity of the problem.

Posted by shugufta | Report as abusive
 

As long as present face of separatists is concerned i don’t think anything can be achieved as per the wishes of Kashmiri people, they are all a bench of corrupted, self styled leaders, they are not authorized to take any step which goes against the wishes of Indian intelligence agencies, hardly matters weather they talk to Pakistan, SaudiArabia or China .

Posted by bhat1234 | Report as abusive
 

separatists should talk to everybody including china in order to find a peaceful solution to Kashmir which is acceptable to both Pakistan, India and China as well, since truth has no place in the world ( my previous comment) I think this one is ok.

Posted by bhat1234 | Report as abusive
 

Nice write-up. China surely has a stake in Kashmir as it occupies part of the scenic region. China is a major power in Asia and it will have to play its role in getting the issue resolved. Keep up the good work Mushtaq.

Posted by Izhar | Report as abusive
 

indias biggest worry is China these days because it is trying to enter indian territory from two sides,1 Arunachal pradesh 2, ladakh ….. the relations are already affected, and ofcourse it will add fuel to the silent rift betwen the two countries.

Posted by littlemiss | Report as abusive
 

Kashmir is a disputed land under India’s control.Chinese interference might help in bringing some solution to this problem but i doubt if India would ever welcome this step.

Posted by shanuzhat | Report as abusive
 

China has its interest in the sub continenet. So they can always be helpful is resolving the kashmir issue

Posted by Majid11 | Report as abusive
 

dear mushtaq, why do you forget that China is trying to use Kashmir for its geopolitical benefits, china is not Kashmir’s friend but want to keep U S away fom the regon as is is gaining influience in India.

Posted by haleema11 | Report as abusive
 

Mirwaiz’s meeting with Chinese does not matter for the furure of Kashmir yes it does matter for the future relationship of India and China. Dont be excited about Chinese help to Kashmiris. This an arm twist tool for India…..

Posted by gul11 | Report as abusive
 

How about china in a need of resolving it’s TIBET issues,
That’s what they rightly call it in KASHMIRI “PANAS PER PER BAKIYAN TABAB”.
So go China Go & Stop talking to Mr. Mirwaiz, Resolve your internal conflicts then come to MARKET OF POLITICS.

RIP Kashmir Issue!

Posted by ubaidthakur | Report as abusive
 

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