China has stirred a fresh controversy by describing Jammu and Kashmir as ‘India-controlled’ Kashmir while recognising Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as ‘northern part of Pakistan’. Beijing came out with this line while denying the presence of its troops in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of PoK. “The report that China has deployed its military in northern part of Pakistan is totally groundless and out of ulterior purpose. Some people are fabricating reports to destroy relations between China, Pakistan and India. But their efforts will get nowhere,” Jiang Yu, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday. She was replying to questions about a New York Times report saying that China has sent 11,000 soldiers to Gilgit-Baltistan region. Jiang also made it clear that Beijing will stick to its policy about stapled visas for Indians living in Jammu & Kashmir.

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