Why China boycotted G20 Summit by India ?

Why China boycotted G20 Summit by India ?

China decided to boycott G20 meeting hosted by India, as India decided to hold the event in Kashmir. China said, it will not attend the upcoming G20 tourism meeting as it is going to take place in disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

China and Pakistan have both condemned India for hokding the event in Muslim-majoeity Kashmir, a region that has been an issue of conflict between New Delhi and Islamabad.

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Both countries claim the region in its entirety but only govern parts of it. They have fought three wars since independence from the United Kingdom in 1947 over Kashmir.

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India will hold the chair of G20 this year, the country is organizing series of meetings across the country in the run-up to the summit in New Delhi in September and after its decision to hold meeting in Kashmir China rejected the idea.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that, “China is firmly opposed to holding any kind of G20 meeting in disputed territory and will not attend such meeting”.

India-Pakistan relations have been frozen since 2019 after New Delhi changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir state, ended its special status and converted it into a federal territory.

India split the state to create the two Federal territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. A large chunk of Ladakh is also under Chinese control. The part of Kashmir which is controlled by India has been roiled for decades by rebekkion seeking independence with Pakistan.

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Ties between China and India have also been strained since a military clash in Ladakh in 2020 in which 24 soldiers were killed. India also countered the objection of China and Pakistan saying it is free to hold meetings on its own territory.

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