World Desk, Amar Ujala, Beijing
Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Updated to Thursday, 28 October 2021 05:25 PM IST
After India objected to bringing in a new land law amid the stalemate in eastern Ladakh, China made it clear. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday that the law would not affect current border agreements. Earlier, India had described the law as a matter of concern.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin
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The National Legislature of the neighboring country, the National People’s Congress (NCP), drafted a new land boundary law on October 23 to protect land in the border areas and prevent its misuse. India strongly objected to the move by China.
The law does not affect current contracts
In response to a question about the law, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Thursday defended the new law. He said that this is a common domestic law that meets our real needs and has been passed through international practice.
He said the law would set clear conditions for China’s cooperation with its neighbors and for tackling land border issues. It does not affect existing border agreements or change the current situation with the cooperation of neighboring countries.
India called the law ‘arbitrary action’
India on Wednesday unilaterally stated that the law was passed amid a protracted military standoff between the two sides in the eastern Ladakh region. In the wake of this, India has expressed hope that China will not take arbitrary action to change the situation.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said China’s law was a matter of concern and that it would exacerbate existing bilateral agreements between the two countries. Such arbitrary decisions will have no effect on agreements already reached.