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J&K decision will have no impact on Line of Actual Control: India to China

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar along with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi inaugurates 'India-China Film Week.' Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi Aug 12, 2019, 09.42 PM (IST)

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Sidhant Sibal/Naveen Kapoor

In a frank candid talk between India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Bejing on Monday, New Delhi has told China that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir will have no impact on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Bejing's concerns are misplaced. 

A release by ministry of external affairs on Jaishankar meeting with Wang said it was India's "internal matter" to remove the special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir "aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development" and "there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. India was not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced"

The Line of Actual Control(LAC) is the demarcation line between Indian territory in the union territory of Ladakh and China occupied Jammu and Kashmir in Aksai Chin.

Earlier in the day, the Chinese foreign minister publically raised the issue at press statements at the media forum, Wang Yi said, "there are some differences between our two countries, we don't shy away from those differences. We exchanged view on those matters in a candid manner. Regarding recent tensions between India and Pakistan, we made clear China's concerns and issues regarding China's sovereignty, we stated China's principled position."

Jaishankar during the same press statement had called for "mutual sensitivity to each other's core concerns" and "properly managing differences is therefore vital. As our leaders agreed in Astana, differences should not become disputes. That is how India-China relations can remain a factor of stability in an uncertain world."

On India Pakistan tensions in the backdrop of New Delhi's decision, Jaishankar explained to the Chinese side that despite Pakistan's provocative rhetoric and actions, India "has always stood for normalisation of the ties in an atmosphere free of terror."

He also emphasised that administrative changes announced on Jammu and Kashmir won't have a  "bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter" and "It did not impact the LoC", suggesting China to "base its assessment on realities".

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Line of Actual Control or LAC is the demarcation line between Indian territory in the union territory of Ladakh and China occupied Jammu and Kashmir in Aksai Chin.