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Is China making inroads into Kashmir?

November 23, 2009

Fayaz Wani

With US president Barack Hussein Obama seeking China’s help in normalizing the relations between nuclear arch rivals, India and Pakistan, the Chinese government has started making inroads in Indian administered Kashmir (IaK), much to the delight of the separatist leadership in the region.  A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) of China has invited one of the senior separatist Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to present his perspective about the Kashmir dispute in Beijing.

This is the first instance during the 20-year old turmoil in Kashmir that China has shown interest in hosting a Kashmiri separatist leader and willingness to listen his point of view about the issue, which is a bone of contention between India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought three wars and were close to nuclear war in 1998 to wrest the control the region, which has been declared as “nuclear flashpoint” by former US president Bill Clinton.

“I have been invited by a Chinese NGO to Beijing. I will go there after the holy festival of Eid-ul-Azha, which falls on November 28. I have to speak about the Kashmiri perspective of the Kashmir issue. I will tell them that Kashmir is a political issue and not a territorial or religious dispute,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a Kashmiri separatist leader, who intends to hold separate talks with Indian and Pakistan government on Kashmir issue.

Welcoming the recent joint statement of US and Chinese presidents in Beijing, the Kashmiri separatist leader said, “Although China is not a party to the Kashmir dispute but it definitely has a stake in the region’s peace as it is an emerging power and Pakistan has given some part of Kashmir to the country as well,” he said.

China occupied Aksa Chin from India after 1962 war and was gifted 5000 sq kms territory of Kashmir by Pakistan in 1963.

The political observers in Kashmir attach significance to China’s renewed interest in Kashmir. “Since the eruption of turmoil in Kashmir in 1989, China has been silent and never gave any space to the separatist voices. One of the senior separatist leaders in 1990s had sought appointment with Chinese envoy in Indian capital to discuss the Kashmir issue but was politely refused permission by the embassy officials,” said a political science teacher of University of Kashmir, highest seat of learning in Kashmir.

The China government is already providing special travel documents – stapled visa – to Kashmiri citizens intending to travel to the country. The visa, however, is not being entertained by India and as a result scores of Kashmiris were not allowed to visit China by Indian authorities.

The China’s Kashmir interest will further strain the relations between India and China. India has accused the Chinese army and Air force of incursions and air violations in Indian territory. Chinese government recently opposed the visit of Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama into India state of Arunachal Pradesh. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its territory and accuses India of ‘illegally occupying it’.

China’s interest in Kashmir is not good news for India, which has already expressed its reservations over America’s moves to seek Chinese help in stabilizing South Asia. “India will now found itself cornered. Pakistan has always been talking about resolution of Kashmir dispute and has been linking Kashmir resolution with the success against ‘war on terror’. The US administration too is trying to encourage India and Pakistan to resume the dialogue process and resolve the vexed Kashmir issue and now with China’s entry things will get complicated for India,” said a Kashmir analyst.

He said with assistance from China, Pakistan can further increase the pressure on Indian government to resolve the 60-year old Kashmir dispute.

However, a senior pro-Indian Kashmiri leader and former deputy chief minister of the region, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh opposes Chinese involvement in Kashmir issue. “We have already got three stake holders on Kashmir issue and the entry of China will further complicate the issue and its resolution. We need to keep China away from it,” he said.

Beigh said that China is playing Kashmir card to pressure India to soften its stand on Dalai Lama and Arunachal Pradesh issue.

But the China’s interest in Kashmir has brought delight among the separatist leadership. Believing in maxim “enemy of enemy is a friend,” most of them feel that China’s involvement will pressurize India to seek a peaceful settlement of the issue.

The political observers feel that it will be difficult now to keep the dragon away. “Now it has to be seen what will be the effect of dragon’s entry into Kashmir,” they added.

Let us wait and watch!

The author is a journalist based in Indian administered Kashmir and can be reached at fayazwani123@gmail.com

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  2. Actually it makes things much harder for pakistan!

    >It will be even harder for Pakistan to discuss Pakistan with India.There is no way that any Indian politician will be seen as bowing to china.

    >When India did not bother to listen to china on an ‘alien’issue regarding Dalai Lama’s visit to arunachal,how does any one realistically expect India to listen to china on an issue so important and crucial to it as Kashmir.

    >India has already made its objections very clear to the US and damage control has alraedy begun from the US side.

    The biggest reason WHY china will NOT play an active role is that it will ONLY EMBARASS pakistan.

    >Pakistan has never really told or explained or ASKED the kashmiris as to how it ceded parts of kashmir to china when it claims the entire region as disputed.

    >China claims aksai Chin as part of ITS TIBET.SO has pakistan agreed to it?
    >IF it does, than How does it speak on the enitire J&K as disputed.
    >And if so why does Pak not ask its dear friend China to give back kashmir held by china to its “azad kashmir”
    >If aksi chin is not Tibet but kashmir, than how is arunachal part of Tibet?
    >Mirwaiz may go to china to discuss on Kashmir.PAk may find it hard to please the Kashmiris and the chinese at the same time.
    No way is china going to jump at this.

    It has already dtsrted to keep its distance.


    • @ Rajk

      lol lol …Ah yes …the truth twisting high school flunky shows up here too…

      Dude..do u ever talk some sense ??

      China is distancing from the kashmir issue ??…lol lol 😀 :D…THEN why are the Chinese Issuing Visas on a Seperate PAPER as opposed to on the Indian Passport ..if they want to stay neutral …hahahahahahahaha

      http://trak.in/news/kashmiris-welcome-chinas-move-of-issuing-separate-visas/9837/

      Are you blind man or are u from a mental asylum seeker ?

      Like do you really like getting ur ass kicked up here and being made to look like a fool infront of a million people who read this forum ??
      😀 😀

      Another joke this fool cow piss loving bigot has come up is that pakistan gave away kashmir to CHINA ?? 😀 😀 ..lol …

      OKAY GUYS ..Lets say it wide LOUD and CLEAR for the LAST time 😀

      All of Kashmir = Pakistan

      Now whether we give part of it to china for strategic purposes to cut out people known for backstabbing 😀 ..or we give it to TIMBUCKTOO…is not ANYONES issue 😀 😀

      You need to focus on the 400 million Dallits and Shudrs, the naxalites and other people who are demanding independecne from you 😀

      Another blunder …Pakistan finds it hard to convince kashmiris 😀 😀 …lol lol lol..Then i wonder why kashmirs have been raising Pakistani Flags for decades and do a google on “pakistan flag raised in kashmir” and the search results THOUSANDS of results …lol lol lol lol lol 😀 😀

      http://newsblaze.com/story/20080813174109kash.nb/topstory.html

      Kashmiris are Pakistanis…I mean after not in any part of Pakistan do we see the Indian Flag being raised – Because even the lowest of the low in Pakistan dont do that …lol lol lol 😀 😀 😀

      And if you are so truthful then why do you have 700 000 army personnel in kashmir ?

      Are you a crack pot man ??…Like how dumb can u get ?

      I can go on …But this is what China really wants to do with you guys and it is very befitting ..

      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/Split-India-says-China-think-tank/articleshow/4883573.cms

      The breakup …and this is not a ponsi link or newspaper ..This is ur national newspaper..

      Now you have Pakistan, China, Afghanistan on your Ass – Get Running – WE ARE COMING !!!!

      😀 😀 😀


      • The separate visa’s!

        China had an elaborate excuse of it being routine procedure,nothing special blah blah!

        The fact is they can do little else,so the acts like these are done from time time to reassure you guys!

        You self assurance,albeit misplaced and opinions fascinate me, that is why i like coming back.

        If all of Kashmir is Pakistan’s than why does your higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans friend china, not give back the kashmir it occupies.

        Just because SOME pakistani flags fly in the valley does not make kashmir pakistan’s.

        NO such flag flies in Jammu or ladakh or kargil or drass or doda WHICH BTW are the major part of J AND K

        And in your fantasies you fail to see that most demonstrators carry the solid green ISLAMIC flag and not the pakistani flag.

        See this:
        http://www.irandefence.net/showthread.php?p=800501

        And also care to please explain why these demonstrations do not take place beyond the Kashmir valley?

        Sri-nagar is NOT J&K!

        You think Hindu dominated jammu, shia dominated areas, buddjist ladalh bother for pakistan or your flag!!!

        Just because you like to think kashmir is your does not make it so.

        There is difference between fantasy and reality!

        In your dream world you can feel and do whatever you like.

        But in the real world of UN diplomacy,international relations these tiny things do do matter.

        Its called INCONSISTENCY.

        Ever wonder WHY your OWN leader have never bothered to call for UN resolutions apart from the customary platitudes given of Kashmir day or yaum -i siyah!

        The 700000 troops are for YOU, in case you guys get any funny ideas about liberating the valley.

        China cannot stop the dalai lama from visiting arunachal,it cannot get Taiwan to act like it pleases so we will see what these guys want to throw at as.

        China is clever enough to keep concentrating on economic developement and so will India.

        The only guys losing will be you.

        Maybe your fantasies will stand you in good stead.

        I like your confidence.

        Par yaar,kuch karo bhi,its too quite in kashmir and our guys missing are the fun of kicking ass.


      • Well I can see how your ‘guys’ miss the fun of kicking ass. When it’s their own ass that’s being kicked.


      • AAKhna that is all you can do!

        Post pathetic videos and claim whatever you want to since there is little else that you can achieve in Pakistan!

        The BSF soldier is the victim of a sneak greande attack or of IED.

        It in fact place the indian para-military in a positive way.

        Notice the press photographers clicking away, NO ONE is stopping them from taking pictures.The BSF rescue their comrade and move out.

        They are fully armed and are in hundreds in these area YET they harm no one or open fire as they could have.

        The idea that a BSF soldier can be beaten up publicly in a place like lal chowk or market area by civilians in a shop can only be thought of as wishful fantasy of your impotent efforts.

        BTW there are FAR FAR worse videos of Pakistani soldiers being ambushed, beheaded, tied to posts and left dead available on the net of the Balochistan, wazirstan, FATA areas.

        BUT since all soldiers are only following orders of their officers and leaders, i at least will not post them.

        Google for them or go to some military wbsites, live leak , utube etc, there are plenty.


      • @ Rajk

        Isnt this guys amusingly a moron 😀 :d

        Pakistani flag is only raised in Kashmir ???

        Here guys check these news reports

        ****** Pakistan Flag raised by Assamese **********

        http://www.assamtimes.org/Political/2202.html


      • Babur ji,

        The newspaper reports contains denials and speculations.Very few such incidents have been reported from the Northeast.

        Some people also speculate that these are deliberate tricks/rumours circulated by certain political parties to polarise votes by inciting hatred of minorities during election times by raising questions on their patriotism.

        But tell me how are these flag waving incidents helping you?

        Are you giving them more importance than the actual impact they have?

        Should we conclude a great deal from this?

        Free Balochistan Flag is Being Rised In Lyari Karachi, 14 August – Black Day For Baloch Nation

        Baluchi Youth Have Removed the Pakistani Flag from Schools and Colleges… Punjabi Officers Refuse to Serve in Baluchistan, Fearing They Will Be Targeted”

        http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP250609

        Taliban Flags on the Pakistan side of the border with Afghanistan

        Taliban Flags on the Pakistan side of the border with Afghanistan

        Since you seem to like flags so much,what does the above mean?

        That the pakistani state has withered away from these areas!


      • @Rajk:

        There is little else we can achieve in Pakistan? Listen up Einstein: our army stepped up to take back Swat from your Indian sponsored insurgents and THEY GOT THE JOB DONE. Waziristan is being retaken day by day and the same will happen in due course in all surrounding areas. The Pakistani military will crush the insurgents just like the Sri Lankans crushed your intelligence agencies’ parasites. Yet, insurgency inside India is spreading like wildfire without a single sign of dying down. Next time, keep that given firmly in mind before teaching Pakistanis how to look at militancy!

        About the video: I may be wrong on the story because I didn’t feel the need to screen this chaps background. If you’re right on this one then congrats to you.

        Lastly, I know of the disgusting videos you’re referring to. There’s a huge difference between what we’re dealing with and what you’re facing: the weapons, tactics and logistics the insurgents in our outlands are implementing cannot and did not fall out as a blessing from the sky. They are being actively supported by foreign players among which Indian consulates in Afghanistan are playing a huge role. And you know what? Now we’re winning. How many videos of Pakistani troops being publicly displayed by Talibatties have come out in the last few weeks huh? Count your blessings, these pests stand to be exterminated.

        On the other hand, your insurgents are basically acting on their own. In all those years there hasn’t been the least bit of progress in your fight against them. Now your part of the story. Enlighten us on your brilliant plan.


    • ******* Pakistan Flag Raised By dallits **********

      http://pakobserver.net/200909/26/Articles03.asp

      ******* Pakistan Flag is a Symbol Of freedom Say Indian Minorities ******************************


      • http://www.writers.net/writers/books/35766

        Here ..you see in how many places is the Pakistani Flag raised in India 😀 😀

        Get ur head out of a cows rear ??…lol lol

        And secondly if your 700 000 army is so bored then why do they have such a high suicide rate ??? 😀 😀

        And this is the Indian Solution to the Problem …Here we see true FANTASIES ….this is what happens when u throw some panzies into an army :

        http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/article_detail.php?id=794

        deploying their daughters and sisters among their troops 😀 😀 ..you see their cheap indian film mentality …no their troops behave like their fat ass bald headed creeps preying on women…lol lol lol

        ***** Now this is FANTASY LAND ***********

        See how Dallits are treated in their country :

        http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/article_detail.php?id=794

        Even UN has condenmed this !!! 😀 😀

        This is another piece of fantasy land …lol


      • ***** A solution to another Illusion ***

        Here we have ZEE news admitting that the Chinese beat the Indians on all ends

        http://www.zeenews.com/news577312.html

        ..Have fun rajk …learn some more malu lingo …lol

        chao ! :


  3. phat gai hai tum hinduon ki, iss liyay yahan bakwas karnay aa gai ho.


  4. yeah gando hindu paida hee phato howa thay
    warna jo tumhari mumbai mein howa jung kaun
    nahi ki tum ko kuta ki mout mara wahan hahaha
    kaun kay abb in ko pata hay ka pak army abb 70s ki tarah 70.000 ki nahi balkay 7.5 lakh ki army hay well trained or har kisam kay weapon kay saath hay or abb
    aggar yeah maidan mein pita too inka baap america
    diplomat ka table par in ko jung jeet kay nahi daay sakta kaun kay uski khud lagi pari hay


  5. @ Rajk.

    lol lol …Ah yes …the truth twisting high school flunky shows up here too…

    Dude..do u ever talk some sense ??

    China is distancing from the kashmir issue ??…lol lol 😀 :D…THEN why are the Chinese Issuing Visas on a Seperate PAPER as opposed to on the Indian Passport ..if they want to stay neutral …hahahahahahahaha

    http://trak.in/news/kashmiris-welcome-chinas-move-of-issuing-separate-visas/9837/

    Are you blind man or are u from a mental asylum seeker ?

    Like do you really like getting ur ass kicked up here and being made to look like a fool infront of a million people who read this forum ??
    😀 😀

    Another joke this fool cow piss loving bigot has come up is that pakistan gave away kashmir to CHINA ?? 😀 😀 ..lol …

    OKAY GUYS ..Lets say it wide LOUD and CLEAR for the LAST time 😀

    All of Kashmir = Pakistan

    Now whether we give part of it to china for strategic purposes to cut out people known for backstabbing 😀 ..or we give it to TIMBUCKTOO…is not ANYONES issue 😀 😀

    You need to focus on the 400 million Dallits and Shudrs, the naxalites and other people who are demanding independecne from you 😀

    Another blunder …Pakistan finds it hard to convince kashmiris 😀 😀 …lol lol lol..Then i wonder why kashmirs have been raising Pakistani Flags for decades and do a google on “pakistan flag raised in kashmir” and the search results THOUSANDS of results …lol lol lol lol lol 😀 😀

    http://newsblaze.com/story/20080813174109kash.nb/topstory.html

    Kashmiris are Pakistanis…I mean after not in any part of Pakistan do we see the Indian Flag being raised – Because even the lowest of the low in Pakistan dont do that …lol lol lol 😀 😀 😀

    And if you are so truthful then why do you have 700 000 army personnel in kashmir ?

    Are you a crack pot man ??…Like how dumb can u get ?

    I can go on …But this is what China really wants to do with you guys and it is very befitting ..

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/Split-India-says-China-think-tank/articleshow/4883573.cms

    The breakup …and this is not a ponsi link or newspaper ..This is ur national newspaper..

    Now you have Pakistan, China, Afghanistan on your Ass – Get Running – WE ARE COMING !!!!

    😀 😀 😀


  6. What kind of nasty comments are being posted here, very sad attitude of Indians bereft of decent manners. China appears bent on kicking Indians now. It makes perfect sense, Hindoos will feel the pain. Tum logon ko America be isi tarha sey treat karey ga, jaisa China karney laga hai.


    • 🙂


    • Are there any muslims living in chinise kashmir ?

      if so, china should give that back to a future independent kashmir


  7. There is saying and that is for this idiot Indians whose DHOTIS BECOME LOSE when they hear word Pakistan and they bend their ass in front of pakistani soldiers to kick it.

    TIME IS UP FOR YOU RAJK TUMHARA TO BAJ JAIGA BAJAK. THE TIME IS UP FOR YOU. YOU WANT TO BREAK OTHERS WELL YOU WILL BE IN PIECES AND ALL YOUR BIG TALKING WILL GO- YOU WILL BE GONE WITH THE WIND!!!! SUKHI LALA TO CHOR HAI!!!! HUMARAY PANI KA CHOR HAI. TALK OF KASHMIR YOU WON’T HAVE PUNJAB EITHER.


    • Dekehege ji,

      Waise to jo aap ka hal hain is waqt hai, India ko agle 10-15 saal to koi chinta karne ki baat nahi.

      Abhi to aap apne ko sambhal lo to wo kafi hai!


      • @ Rajk

        lol lol ..:D 😀

        Thats right Rajk ..just let the Naxalite insurgency, the kashmir insurgency and the Dalit insurgency spread .. India REALLY doesnt need to worry about anything …lol lol lol

        Pakistan will definitely take care of them in the short future after all Radio Pakistan will be broadcasted from New Delhi and we are almost ready for that 😀


  8. @ Rajk

    Isnt this guys amusingly a moron 😀 :d

    Pakistani flag is only raised in Kashmir ???

    Here guys check these news reports

    ****** Pakistan Flag raised by Assamese **********

    http://www.assamtimes.org/Political/2202.html

    ******* Pakistan Flag Raised By dallits **********

    http://pakobserver.net/200909/26/Articles03.asp

    ******* Pakistan Flag is a Symbol Of freedom Say Indian Minorities ******************************



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