Where to host any international group or organization makes a lot of sense – only the choice of location has a lot of diplomatic impact. This is why India’s recent maneuver to try to convince the G-20 countries to hold next year’s summit in the illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) is a deliberate but dirty trick – and the G-20 bloc must reject it if it wants to maintain its credibility.
IIOJK, according to all international laws, treaties and opinions, is not the land of India, despite all the desperate attempts of the Indian Parliament to pretend so. It is a contested region as evidenced by the strong dissent of its people towards the Indian administration and the oppressive dictatorial tactics that the Indian state has to wield over the people. India’s idea of hosting the G-20 summit in IIOJK, instead of any of the other regions of the vast Indian subcontinent, shows the bad faith of the Indian government, which is trying to impose the control and occupation of the region by such underhanded tactics rather than following the proper legal path to find out the true will of the people through plebiscites, treaties and honest dialogue.
The intention is not to bring prosperity to the region – if that had been the case, the Indian state would not have imposed internet bans and restrictions in the region nor banned several schools and establishments. ‘education. It is about forcing legitimacy through settler colonialism on a disputed area, parallel to the way Israel tramples on Palestine.
China criticized India’s action. The rest of the G-20 countries must also strongly oppose such an Indian offer. The G-20 is a premier forum for international economic cooperation – it cannot be unnecessarily involved in or permit illegal occupation. As a matter of principle, especially in light of the degree of all the oppression, the international community should resist this decision just like China.