In­dia vows char­ter amend­ment won’t change Kash­mir LOC

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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.

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