Pakistan, China condemn G20 summit in IIOJK

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A man paints a wall with the G20 logo in Srinagar. — AFP
A man is painting a wall with the G20 logo in Srinagar in this AFP photo.

On Friday, China and Pakistan expressed their disapproval of the G20 meeting being held in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), with China withdrawing from the conference. The gathering, scheduled to begin on May 22-24, in the Himalayan region, will be chaired by India, according to AFP.

However, no Chinese delegates are attending the event. India and China have been in a military standoff since a skirmish in Ladakh that caused 24 fatalities. China also claims Arunachal Pradesh, which is an Indian state, in its entirety and regards Kashmir as a disputed region, according to reports.

Spokesperson Wang Wenbin from the foreign ministry stated that “China firmly opposes holding any form of G20 meeting in the disputed territory and will not attend such meetings.” Furthermore, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia are also expected to withdraw from the conference.

India plans to host over 100 meetings across the country, but China has declined to participate in activities in both Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

India eradicated the special status of IIOJK on August 5, 2019. The Muslim-majority region of Kashmir is, in full, debated between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan, who is not a member of the G20, claimed that India has violated international laws, bilateral agreements, and UN Security Council resolutions by organizing a meeting in IIOJK. Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, stated that “India is showing its arrogance to the world and its pettiness.”