Amid China's objection to making Ladakh a union territory, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Monday told his Chinese counterpart that India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir was an "internal" matter of the country. He said that the decision regarding Ladakh is a tangle for India's international borders and the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said during his bilateral meeting with Wang that it is necessary to decide that some kind of 'bilateral differences should not become a dispute'.
Jaishankar said India is not making much territorial claims
"India is not making any additional territorial claims," the release said. In this way, China's concerns about this are not right. The minister also said that as far as the India-China border dispute is concerned, both sides have agreed to a fair and just mutually acceptable agreement.
According to an official release from the Ministry of External Affairs, during the bilateral meeting, Jaishankar informed China that this is an 'internal' subject for India and is an issue related to changes in a provisional provision of the Constitution of India.
Jaishankar mentioned that the objective of the legal measures is to promote better governance and socio-economic development. It has nothing to do with India's external borders or LAC with China.
Jaishankar emphasized that the future of relations (between the two countries) will depend on mutual sensitivity to each other's 'main concerns'. India has made this comment on a statement by the Chinese Foreign Minister.
What did the chinese foreign minister say
Let me tell you that on the developments related to the recent act passed by the Indian Parliament on Jammu and Kashmir, China said that China is "very closely" monitoring Indo-Pak tensions and its implications on Kashmir. Also, requests New Delhi to play a constructive role for regional peace and stability.
During his first visit to China after becoming the foreign minister, S Jaishankar spoke openly with top Chinese leaders. Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to China amid tensions in the relations between India and Pakistan over the repeal of most of the provisions of Article 370, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Jaishankar spoke with the Vice President of China
Jaishankar met with President Xi Chinfing's close confidant and Vice President Wang Kishan in Zhongnanhai. During this meeting, he openly discussed with the Chinese Vice President about the concerns of China over the division of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories - Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.
Following the steps taken by India last week on Article 370, China issued two separate statements to express its stand on Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement, China had objected to the making of Ladakh a union territory, saying it undermines its territorial sovereignty.
Jaishankar also held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi twice after his meeting with the Chinese Vice President. The first one was of limited delegation level while the second one was of full delegation level.
Jaishankar said, "The future of India-China relations will absolutely depend on mutual sensitivity to each other's main concerns."
He said, "Both the neighboring countries are big developing economies, in such a situation it is natural that issues will come up in our relations. Disposal of differences is necessary. As our leaders agreed in Astana, differences should not be allowed to become a dispute. In the same way, India-China relationship can continue to cause stability in an uncertain world.