India flags concern over China’s move to pass boundary law

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Yet China unilaterally decided to bring about a legislation “which can have implications on our existing bilateral arrangements on border management as well as on the boundary question is of concern to us…reports Asian Lite News.

Terming China’s passage of ‘ Land Boundary Law’ as a ‘unilateral move’ India on Wednesday warned China against undertaking action under the pretext of the said law which could unilaterally alter the situation in the India-China border areas.

“We have noted that China has passed a new ‘Land Boundary Law’ on 23 October 2021. The law states among other things that China abides by treaties concluded with or jointly acceded to by foreign countries on land boundary affairs. It also has provisions to carry out reorganisation of districts in the border areas,” Ministry of External Affairs’ Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in response to media queries.

In categorical terms, the MEA Spokesperson said, “India and China have still not resolved the boundary question.”

Reminding China of what has been agreed upon by the both countries, he said: “Both sides have agreed to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution to the Boundary Question through consultations on an equal footing. We have also concluded several bilateral agreements, protocols and arrangements to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC in India-China border areas in the interim.”

Yet China unilaterally decided to bring about a legislation “which can have implications on our existing bilateral arrangements on border management as well as on the boundary question is of concern to us. Such unilateral move will have no bearing on the arrangements that both sides have already reached earlier, whether it is on the Boundary Question or for maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LAC in India-China Border areas,” the MEA Spokesperson said.

“We also expect that China will avoid undertaking action under the pretext of this law which could unilaterally alter the situation in the India-China border areas,” the MEA Spokesperson added.

“Furthermore, the passage of this new law does not in our view confer any legitimacy to the so-called China Pakistan ‘Boundary Agreement’ of 1963 which the Government of India has consistently maintained is an illegal and invalid agreement,” he asserted.

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