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India, China won't let Kashmir tensions cloud stable ties

Indian minister's China trip shows intent; issue likely to figure at Modi-Xi summit in October


This week's visit of Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to China amid tensions in Kashmir shows the two countries want to keep ties stable and not let the issue cloud the relationship, analysts said.

Tensions increased after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government revoked the special autonomy status of Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 5 and bifurcated the state, attracting criticism from Pakistan and China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2019, with the headline 'India, China won't let Kashmir tensions cloud stable ties'. Subscribe