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Abrogation Of Article 370 Is Illegal And Invalid: China

Beijing: The Foreign Ministry of China on Wednesday, said that the scrapping of Article 370 and splitting the states of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories is ‘illegal and invalid’.

Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry, said that Bejing has been closely following the situation in Kashmir while he responded to a question about the impact of the decision.

Wenbin said, “China follows closely the situation in the Kashmir region. China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. This issue is a dispute leftover from history between Pakistan and India. That is an objective fact as laid out by the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and the bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India,” during a regular press meet on Wednesday.

He answered to the query made by the Associated Press of Pakistan upon India’s move on the change in the status of Kashmir as a Union Territory.

“Any unilateral change to the status quo is illegal and invalid. This issue should be properly resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultations between the parties concerned,” Wenbin said.

Wenbin further added that Pakistan and India are neighbours and cannot be moved away from each other. The co-existence serves as the fundamental interests of the international community.

He said, “Peaceful coexistence serves the fundamental interests of both and the common aspiration of the international community. China hopes that they can properly handle the differences through dialogue, improve relations, and jointly safeguard peace, stability and development of both countries and the wider region.”

However, the foreign ministry didn’t comment on the new map issued by Pakistan on Tuesday and he also resisted to condemn the action.

China hopes that the two countries could properly manage the disputes by improving their relations, dialogue, and jointly safeguard peace and security between both the countries.

Previously, China labelled the move as “unacceptable” and also urged New Delhi to respect the Chinese territorial sovereignty and maintain peace and serenity in the border areas.

China also referred to the disputed area of Aksai Chin, which is under control of China but India affirms it to be a part of the Union Territory of Ladakh. Though, India rejected China’s disapproval upon the proposal to make new Indian Territories which included Ladakh saying its ‘an internal matter’.

New Delhi has also indicated that the two sides have agreed to maintain peace on the border until a mutual solution can be found.

S Jayshankar, the External Affairs Minister, visited Beijing in August and described India’s situation and assured that the administrative status of the UTs will not affect the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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