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China raises alarm over Kashmir with Tibet and Xinjiang in mind

Beijing backs Pakistan, asserting its interests as India strips region of its autonomy

Indian security force personnel stand guard outside a mosque during restrictions following the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Jammu on Aug. 9.    © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- China is asserting its interests in the disputed Kashmir region after the Indian government decided to end a special status for the country's Muslim-majority Kashmir province, and Pakistan has turned to its old friend to block the move.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Beijing on Friday for consultations with what he called a "trusted friend," within a day of Islamabad's decision to order the Indian ambassador to leave the country. 

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