India takes strong position, tells China Art 370 change is “internal matter”
GN Bureau | August 13, 2019
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.
Sit Your Self Down A Novice’s Journey into the Heart of Vipassana By Gayatri Jayaraman Hachette India, 212 pages, Rs 399 As stress and strife increase in daily life, more and more people are turning to meditation as an all
On completion of one year of the chairmanship of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), the Election Commission (EC) of India on Monday hosted an international webinar on the theme of “Issues, Challenges and Protocols for Conducting Elections during COVID-19 : Sharing Country
Sections of the news media have degenerated into becoming the pet performing poodle of the government, says Manish Tewari, former information and broadcasting minister and a member of the Lok Sabha. In a webinar chat with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now, on Friday as part of the Vis
India has been hitting upwards of 90,000 fresh cases of Covid-19 every day for some time now, as the virus continues to spread amid further Unlock. The recoveries, on the other hand, are also creating new records. The country recorded 96,424 new cases of infection – the highest single-
India once again registered 90,000-plus fresh cases of Covid-19 in a day, even as the number of recoveries too registered a new high – 82,961. The number of those who have recovered so far is now nearly four times higher than the number of active cases. India continues to record a spat
The fall of financial institutions is largely a result of governance failures and company board members must ensure checks and balances for the larger ecosystem, says entrepreneur Shachindra Nath, executive chairman and managing director, U GRO Capital. In an webinar chat with Kailashnath Ad