Ground Report | New Delhi: China may increase India’s tension; India has said that China should not use the new ‘Land Boundary Law’ to justify its move to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India has strongly criticized China’s new land border law.
China may increase India’s tension
The Indian government said that this law is a one-sided stand of China. India said that China cannot change the existing arrangement between the two sides by enacting such a law as the border dispute between the two countries is yet to be resolved.
The Hindu reported, that this also proves that the Sino-Pakistan Agreement of 1963 in which Pakistan ceded the Shaksgam Valley of Aksai Chin to China; India has also rejected this.
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India claims the entire Jammu and Kashmir including Aksai Chin and calls the Pakistan-China agreement illegal. India’s recent statements indicate that China may start infrastructure work in disputed areas through a new law to show it as an official part.
China has changed the status quo on the LAC with effect from April 2020. China can now justify the presence of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in disputed areas through a new law.
India’s strong objection
On Wednesday, India’s Foreign Ministry said in its statement, “China’s unilateral decision to enact a new law may have an impact on the existing bilateral arrangement on border management as well as on border-related questions.” will not accept the move. There is already a system between the two countries on border-related questions and India will not accept a unilateral change in it to maintain peace on the LAC.
“We expect China to take no steps under the new law that unilaterally changes the status of the India-China border,” India said. The statement of India has come after four days. The report of this law was first published in the Chinese media. Experts say that India and Bhutan are two land-related neighbors with China, with whom the border dispute has not been resolved yet and China is complicating this situation further with new rules.
The law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in China on 23 October. According to China’s state media Xinhua, the purpose of this law is to protect and use land-related borders. This law will come into effect from January 1 next year. This law does not say that it is for the border with India. China has a disputed 3,488 km long border with India.
effects on India
Some experts believe that the 17-month-long military standoff on the border between India and China may deepen. At the same time, many believe that law is just a word – relations with India have been spoiled not by China’s domestic laws but by its move on the ground.
China has a 22,457 km long border with 14 countries including India. China has the longest border with India after Mongolia and Russia. Like India, Russia and Mongolia do not have any border dispute with China. Apart from India, China has a disputed 477 km long border with Bhutan.
Lieutenant General DS Hooda, who took over the responsibility of the Northern Command, has said that with the new law, China will give the responsibility of the border to the PLA. Hooda has said that now the work of border management will be looked after by the PLA, Indian Express reported.
Hooda has said, “After the new law, it does not appear that the Chinese army is going to retreat from Ladakh. This law has further complicated the negotiations on the border dispute between the two countries. There was no point in making laws. Amidst the standoff on the border, China has given a message that it is firm on its insistence. Now China can say that it will negotiate the border dispute only under the law.