India’s Decisions On Jammu & Kashmir Are Its Internal Matter, Says Jaishankar In China
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Aug. 12, 2019. (Photo: PTI)

India’s Decisions On Jammu & Kashmir Are Its Internal Matter, Says Jaishankar In China

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India’s decisions of Jammu & Kashmir are its “internal matter” and have no implication on either the international borders of the country or the Line of Actual Control with China, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said during his meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Tuesday.

The external affairs minister concluded his three-day China visit yesterday.

According to an official release from India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Jaishankar told Wang Yi that the revocation of Article 370, which granted administrative autonomy to J&K, is an internal matter of India and the sole prerogative of the country.

"India is not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced,” said Jaishankar.

As far as the question of India-China border is concerned, the two countries had agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement on the basis of the ‘2005 Political Parameters and Guiding Principles’, the MEA release stated.

Jaishankar also told Wang that it was important to ensure bilateral differences should not become disputes, and that the future of India-China ties will depend on mutual sensitivity to each other's "core concerns".

China had on Aug. 6 objected to the formation of Ladakh as a union territory of India, saying it undermined its territorial sovereignty, evoking a sharp reaction from New Delhi, which asked Beijing to refrain from commenting on its "internal affairs".

Ahead of Jaishankar's visit, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi flew to Beijing and held talks with Wang, seeking China's support in moving the Article 370 issue before the United Nations Security Council.

Also read: India, China Must Respect Each Other’s Core Concerns, Says S Jaishankar

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