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J&K is internal issue, won't impact status of boundary question with China: Jaishankar

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J&K is internal issue, won't impact status of boundary question with China: Jaishankar

India on Monday told China that the recent legislation revoking key provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution will not impact the current status of the border question with China.

China had raised concerns regarding ramifications on its territory with the announcement of reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir and making Ladakh a Union Territory that effectively could have an impact on their "territorial integrity".

Speaking to journalists after the conclusion of his visit, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar explained that India was not raising any additional territorial claims and that the Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced.

"The issue (Aksai Chin) came up in terms of when they were referring to what they thought the impact of Article 370 was going to be and how it could impact the India-China boundary question. I told them that does not change the international boundaries or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan. I conveyed our position to him which was that we maintain our international boundary according to our map," he said.

Both sides held bilateral meetings in the restricted form followed by delegation-level talks. The Indian External Affairs Minister and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi also addressed the concluding session of the India-China High Level Media Forum where the latter raised the matter of the recent Kashmir decision.

Speaking of the UN charter, State Councillor Wang Yi said, "We are of the view that we have to abide by the UN charter, respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, to properly address relevant disputes through dialogue."

The minister conveyed that this was an internal matter for India. The issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country. The legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development.

The two sides, during the bilateral talks, discussed all the concerns that Beijing had.

"He brought up the issue (of Kashmir) and I gave him our position fairly clearly. He had his take on it - on India-Pakistan and on India-China. We presented our views. Article 370 was a provision of the Indian Constitution and was a temporary provision. The reasons were stated in the parliament which were better governance," said Jaishankar referring to the conversation he had with Wang Yi.