The US and the other countries are concerned that Pakistan-based militant groups could carry out terror strikes in India following the decision to grant the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“I think many have concerns that Pakistan keep a lid on terror groups that might conduct cross-border activities as a result of the Kashmir decisions, and I don’t sense that China wants that kind of conflict or would support that,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, Randall Shriver said.
“I think it (China’s support to Pakistan on Kashmir) is mostly diplomatic and political support,” Shriver said.
“They (Chinese) have supported Pakistan in the international fora. There is some discussion about whether or not Kashmir would be taken up in the UN, China would support that. But in terms of something beyond that or more active, I don’t see it,” the top Pentagon official said.
Talking about the ongoing visit of India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Shriver said “The US is having consultations with him. We have talked about the relationship with China. They want a stable relationship with China, but there’s no doubt that there is growing concern and competition there as well. So I think on a range of issues to include Kashmir, China has leaned toward Pakistan.
“I would like to see the same level of concern expressed also about Muslims who are being detained in Western China, literally in concentration-like conditions. And so being concerned about the human rights of Muslims does extend more broadly than Kashmir, and you’ve seen the administration very involved here during the UN General Assembly and trying to shine a light on the horrific conditions that continue to exist for Muslims throughout China,” Alice Wells, US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia while pointing out Pakistan’s hypocrisy.