Kashmir decision “sole prerogative of the country”

India takes strong position, tells China Art 370 change is “internal matter”

GN Bureau | August 13, 2019


#Pakistan   #China   #Diplomacy   #Article 370   #Kashmir   #Jammu and Kashmir   #ministry of external affairs   #S Jaishankar  
Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Bejing on Monday. hoto Courtesy: MEA
Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Bejing on Monday. hoto Courtesy: MEA

India has told China that the legislation changing the status of Jammu and Kashmir was “an internal matter.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar, visiting China Monday, told foreign minister Wang Yi that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development. India also clarified that there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. Also, “India was not raising any additional territorial claims,” according to an official statement of the ministry of external affairs, and “the Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced.”

Jaishankar also conveyed to his Chinese counterpart that so far as the India-China boundary question was concerned the two sides 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.

The Chinese foreign minister also referred to rising tensions between India and Pakistan as a result of the Modi government’s August 5 move to render Article 370, granting special status to the border state, ineffective. Jaishankar that these changes had no bearing on Pakistan as it was “an internal matter”, and “it did not impact the LoC”.

“Where India-Pakistan relations are concerned, Chinese side should base its assessment on realities. India, as a responsible power, had shown restraint in face of provocative Pakistani rhetoric and actions. India has always stood for normalisation of the ties in an atmosphere free of terror,” the statement said.

Jaishankar was in China for the 2nd meeting of the High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges. He had a cordial meeting with vice president Wang Qishan in the morning where he discussed the evolving global situation and the larger rebalancing that reflected the rise of India and China as two large developing countries.

He thereafter had detailed discussions with foreign minister Wang Yi. They discussed the full gamut of issues relating to the international situation, regional aspects and the bilateral relations including the visit of president Xi Jinping to India for the 2nd Informal Summit later this year and celebrating the 70th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations next year.

Jaishankar also stressed that the future of the India-China relationship will obviously depend on “mutual sensitivity to each other’s core concerns”. It is natural, both as neighbours and large developing economies, that there would be issues in the ties; therefore properly managing differences is vital.

Comments

 

Other News

How about flagging candidates with criminal past on ballot?

The concept of the ‘Rule of Law’ is the basic structure of our constitution. It becomes imperative to observe the rule of law in order to run the country according to the constitutional provisions. However, in reality, often politicians with criminal records get elected and even become part of

Advocating for Cities Where the Poor and Women Count

The Citymakers: How Women Are Building a Sustainable Future for Urban India, published by Hachette India this month, narrates the genesis and journey of the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT), set up in 1994 to respond to t

‘Media worst affected with massive job losses’

Coming down heavily on the government for economic de-growth and job losses, Congress national spokesperson Supriya Shrinate has said that even before the Covid pandemic struck, the economy  had been falling down for eight consecutive quarters. The former journalist said that while the

Covid-19: Maintain caution, say new MHA Guidelines

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued an ‘Order with Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution’, effective for the month of December, noting that “to fully overcome the pandemic, there is need to maintain caution and to strictly follow the prescribed containmen

Lakshmi Vilas Bank to be amalgamated with DBS Bank India

The scheme of amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank Limited (LVB) with DBS Bank India Limited (DBIL) has been approved by the union cabinet on Wednesday. On November 17, to protect depositors’ interest and in the interest of financial and banking stability, on RBI’s application und

Changing landscapes of govt schools in rural India

Education is one of the primary requisites that contribute to the holistic development process of self and society. Article 21A of the Constitution considers “free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years as a Fundamental Right.” In India, the majority

Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter