Kashmir an internal matter, does not impact border: Jaishankar to China

TIL Desk/World/Beijing/ India has conveyed to China that the change in status of Kashmir is an internal matter and would have no implication for its boundaries with Beijing. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also sought to reassure his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that India was not raising any additional territorial claims and the Chinese concerns in this regard were misplaced.

During the bilateral meeting with Wang, Jaishankar also emphasised that the revocation of Kashmir’s special status and division of the state “had no bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter”.Talking firm, Jaishankar told Wang that the changes “did not impact the Line of Control”.

  Last week, China termed the creation of Ladakh Union Territory as “unacceptable and void”, and accused India of “putting Chinese territory in the western section of the border under its administration, which affects China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

He said that regarding India-Pakistan relations, the Chinese side “should base its assessment on realities”. Jaishankar said that India, as a responsible power, “had shown restraint in the face of provocative Pakistani rhetoric and actions”. “India has always stood for normalisation of the ties in an atmosphere free of terror,” he said.

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