Beijing slams India’s actions

Kashmir move undermines China’s territorial sovereignty


BEIJING: China said on Tuesday India’s move to end the autonomy of Kashmir undermines its territorial sovereignty. China’s strongly-worded statement was most critical of the impact of India’s actions on the mainly Buddhist region of Ladakh an area of strategic importance nestled between Tibet and Pakistan. Beijing has always opposed India’s inclusion of Chinese territory in the western section of the China-India border, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Hua Chunying said in a statement. The recent unilateral revision of domestic laws by the Indian side continues to undermine China’s territorial sovereignty, which is unacceptable and will not have any effect, Hua said. Beijing expressed serious concerns about the current situation in Kashmir. We call on India and Pakistan to peacefully resolve relevant disputes through dialogue, she said, noting China had urged India to avoid any move that further complicates the border issue. India and China have long had border disputes in Ladakh, which was made a federally administered region along with the move to remove the special status to Kashmir in parliament on Monday.

A two-week standoff ensued in September 2014 when Chinese troops advanced several kilometers into northern Ladakh.

China has called on Pakistan and India to peacefully resolve the relevant disputes through dialogue and consultation and safeguard peace and stability in the region. In response to a question on India’s move to abolish Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to Indian occupied Kashmir, as well as the exchange of fire, shelling, New Delhi’s deployment of additional troops, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China was seriously concerned about the current situation in Kashmir.


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