Finally, China showed its reaction over Indian move and said it opposed India’s decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir, a disputed region sandwiched among India, Pakistan and China because it undermined China’s territorial sovereignty.
In a move to tighten its grip on the Himalayan region, India abolished a constitutional provision that allowed the country’s only Muslim-majority region to make its own laws. “Recently India has continued to undermine China’s territorial sovereignty by unilaterally changing its domestic law,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry’s website.
“India’s action is unacceptable and would not have any legal effect,” Hua added. China urged India to be cautious on border issues and to strictly abide by the agreements reached by both countries in order to avoid any actions that would further complicate boundary issues, the spokesperson said.
Responding to a question regarding China’s position on the rising tension in the region, she said, “China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. It is also an international consensus that the Kashmir issue is an issue left from the past between India and Pakistan,” she said. “The relevant sides need to exercise restraint and act prudently. In particular, they should refrain from taking actions that will unilaterally change the status quo and escalate tensions.”
The spokesperson said that China calls on both countries to peacefully resolve disputes “through dialogue and consultation” and to “safeguard peace and stability in the region”.
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