India vows charter amendment won’t change Kashmir LOC
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Beijing on Monday, during which the Indian diplomat pledged India’s constitutional amendment won’t create new sovereignty claims and won’t change the Line of Control (LOC) in the Kashmir region.
The talk came after India’s controversial move on August 5 to scrap the special status to Indiancontrolled Kashmir.
China opposes any unilateral action that complicates the regional situation, and hopes India and Pakistan can resolve the disputes through peaceful methods, Wang said in a statement released by Chinese foreign ministry on Monday.
Wang said India’s move to end the constitutional status of Jammu Kashmir will change the status quo of the disputed area and result in a tense situation in the region.
Wang also said the Indian government’s announcement of the establishment of the Ladakh Union Territory, which involves Chinese territory, has posed a challenge to China’s sovereignty and violated the two countries’ agreement on maintaining peace and stability in the border region.
India’s move is neither valid to China nor will change the status quo that China exercises sovereignty and administrative jurisdiction over the territories involved, he said.
Jaishankar said that India’s constitutional amendment won’t create new sovereignty claims, won’t change the LOC in the Kashmir region and won’t change the control line on the China-india border, the statement said.
India hopes to improve relations with Pakistan, and remain restrained and safeguard regional peace and stability, Jaishankar was quoted in the statement as saying.
He noted that India also wishes to continue resolving border issues with China and stick to the consensus between the two countries on maintaining peace in the border region.