India’s bifurcation move unlawful: China » Kashmir Media Service

Beijing, October 31 (KMS): China has said India’s move to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories is unlawful and void and it affects Beijing’s sovereignty.

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Geng Shuang talking to the media in Beijing on Thursday said, “The Indian government officially announced the establishment of so-called Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories which included some of China’s territory into its administrative jurisdiction.”

“China deplores and firmly opposes that. India unilaterally changed its domestic laws and administrative division challenging China’s sovereignty,” he said.

“This is unlawful and void and this is not effective in any way and will not change the fact that the area is under Chinese actual control,” he said.

On the Kashmir issue, Geng said, “China’s position on the Kashmir issue is consistent and clear, this is a dispute left from history and it should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN charter, the relevant UNSC resolutions and other bilateral treaties and relevant sides should resolve the dispute through dialogue and consultations and uphold regional peace and stability.”

“China urges the Indian side to earnestly respect Chinese territorial sovereignty, abide by our treaties and uphold peace and tranquillity in the border areas and create favourable conditions for proper settlement of boundary question,” he said.

China had earlier objected to the Indian government’s August 5 order of the revocation of Article 370 and the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory and said that Kashmir issue should be resolved as per UNSC resolutions.

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