BEIJING -- China on Friday reiterated its stance over 'bifurcation' of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) into two union territories and said it deplored and firmly opposed to the Indian move.
The Indian government officially announced the establishment of the so-called "Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir" and "Union Territory of Ladakh", placing part of Chinese territory under Indian administration.
'China deplores and firmly opposes this,' Chinese Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Geng Shuang said during his regular briefing held here.
The spokesperson said that India was challenging China's sovereign rights and interests by unilaterally revising domestic law and administrative division.
'This was illegal, null and void. It will neither change the fact that the relevant region is under China's actual control nor produce any effect,' he added.
Geng Shuang urged India to respect China's territorial sovereignty, abide by bilateral agreements and safeguard the peace and tranquillity in the border region with concrete actions to create conditions for a proper settlement of the border issue with China.
It may be mentioned that the Chinese foreign ministry's spokesperson reiterated the stance of his government over 'bifurcation' a day after the Indian ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar claimed that reorganization of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir was entirely its internal affairs and it did not expect other countries to comment on such matters.
The Indian government on the night of October 30 announced a decision to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories - one Jammu and Kashmir, and the other Buddhist-dominated high altitude region of Ladakh. Both will be directly ruled by New Delhi.
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