BEIJING – China said on Thursday it would not interfere in the Kashmir row between India and Pakistan, terming it a bilateral dispute, days after a column in a daily newspaper indicated that Beijing is ready to resolve the issue because of its “vested interest”.

The Foreign Ministry told IANS that Beijing will not change its view on Jammu and Kashmir because of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which cuts through the disputed territory between India and Pakistan.

IANS quoted statement of the ministry as saying, “China’s position on the issue of Kashmir is clear and consistent. It is an issue left over from history between India and Pakistan and shall be properly addressed by India and Pakistan through consultation and negotiation.”

The statement added, “Building of the CPEC does not affect China’s position on this issue. We sincerely hope that India and Pakistan will properly handle differences by increasing communication and dialogue, and jointly uphold regional peace and stability.”

“China is willing to make constructive efforts for the improvement of India-Pakistan relations.”