China rejects India’s concerns over new border land law

Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Exploration and Development of China reported a large gold mine with an initial estimated gold reserve of 31.55 tonnes has been discovered in central China’s Henan Province

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BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Thursday set aside Indian concerns over new border land law and hoped that relevant countries could avoid making undue speculation about it.

“We hope relevant countries can avoid making undue speculation about the normal legislation in China,” he said in response to Indian Foreign Ministry’s statement in which it had asked China not to use the new land border law to alter the land along borders.

The spokesperson remarked that this law had clear stipulations on China’s cooperation with its neighbouring countries and the handling of the land border issues.

“It would not affect China’s implementation of existing border treaties nor it change existing practice in our cooperation with neighbouring countries,” he added. Giving details of the legislation, he informed that on October 23, National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee adopted land border law and on the same day President Xi Jinping signed the President Decree No. 99 to publish the law and announced that it will take effect from Jan 1, 2022.

The Article 62 of the law identifies the leading mechanism and duties of departments of military and localities in implementing the law. It sets the rules for the demarcation procedures and also covers the areas of defence and management of borders as far as the international cooperation.

He said that China has 22000 kms of land borders and it has 14 land neighbours. The promulgation of the law is to coordinate and have unified standards for strengthening border management and advance relevant cooperation. “This is an important measure in advancing rule of law. It is a normal domestic legislation that serves our realistic needs and also confirms to international practice,” he added. Wang Wenbin said, “It does not mean that there is a change in our position on the border development issue.” Adding to this, A large gold mine with an initially estimated gold reserve of 31.55 tonnes has been discovered in central China’s Henan Province.

According to the provincial bureau of geology and mineral exploration and development, the mine is in Zhuzhuang Township in Tongbai County, Chinese media report.

The estimated gold reserve at the mine is likely to exceed 50 tonnes by the end of this year after further exploration, it said.

For decades, Henan Province has remained China’s second-largest gold-producing region.

In 2016, local geology and mineral exploration authorities also discovered a large gold mine in Tongbai County. With a gold reserve of about 105 tonnes, the mine has 80 years of development potential.

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