No Change in Status of Line of Actual Control with China: India

Beijing/New Delhi, Aug 12: India on Monday reiterated there would be no change in status of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) it shares with China,hours after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

India and China have 3,488 km of LAC between them. The two countries have held 21 rounds of Special Representatives-level talks so far to resolve the boundary dispute.

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and during the bilateral meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister also brought up developments pertaining to legislation passed recently by Indian Parliament on Jammu and Kashmir.Jaishankar conveyed that this was an internal matter for India

MEA issued a statement, ” It was conveyed that legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development. There was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. India wasn’t raising any additional territorial claims.”

“Chinese Foreign Minister also referred to rising tensions between India and Pakistan after these changes. EAM emphasised the changes being an internal matter had no bearing on Pakistan. It didn’t impact LoC. Where India-Pak relations are concerned, China should base its assessment on realities.

The meeting comes just a few days after Beijing objected to India’s “unilateral actions in Kashmir which it said will “complicate” matters. New Delhi firmly told Beijing that its moves on Kashmir and the creation of the Ladakh Union Territory were an internal matter.

Jaishankar further conveyed to Wang that where the India-China boundary question was concerned, the two countries had agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of the 2005 Political Parameters and Guiding Principles.

Earlier on Monday, India and China agreed on a host of initiatives to improve their relations, with New Delhi emphasising that the future of the ties will depend on the mutual sensitivity to each other’s “core concerns” to ensure that any bilateral differences should not become disputes.

For Jaishankar, who was ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013, it is his first visit after taking over as External Affairs Minister.

“The HLM reflects the desire on both sides to build greater synergies in the people-to-people ties between the two countries through enhanced exchanges in areas such as tourism, art, films, media, culture and sports,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) earlier said.

The decision to establish the HLM was taken during the maiden informal summit between Modi and Xi in Wuhan in April last year. The inaugural HLM meeting was held on December 21 last year in New Delhi.

Pakistan in its bid to ratchet up the Kashmir matter internationally rushed its Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Beijing ahead of Jaishankar’s visit to the Chinese capital

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