India on Thursday asked China to draw proper conclusions from “infructuous attempts” and “firmly” rejected its “interference” in the country’s internal affairs.
New Delhi hit out at Beijing for making yet another effort to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council.
China backed an attempt by Pakistan to discuss the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, coinciding with the first anniversary of the scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir by India.
In its reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it firmly rejects China’s interference in India’s internal affairs.
“We have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement according to news gathering agency Press Trust of India.
“This was not the first time that China has sought to raise a subject that is solely an internal matter of India. As on such previous occasions, this attempt too met with little support from the international community,” it added.
The MEA further said:”We firmly reject China’s interference in our internal affairs and urge it to draw proper conclusions from such infructuous attempt.”
The fresh move by China to internationalise the Kashmir issue came at a time it is engaged in a bitter border row with India in eastern Ladakh.