China terms formation of J and K, Ladakh union territories illegal, invalid, ineffective.


ISLAMABAD -- China on Thursday deplored and firmly opposed India's formation of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh union territories as illegal, invalid and ineffective and said this move would not change the fact.

'India unilaterally changed its domestic laws and administrative divisions challenging China's sovereignty. This is unlawful and void and this is not effective in any way and will not change the fact that the area is under Chinese actual control.' Chinese Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Geng Shuang said during his regular briefing held here.

He said that the Indian government officially announced the establishment of

so-called Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh union territories which included some of China's territory into its administrative jurisdiction. 'China deplores and firmly opposes that.'

The spokesperson urged the Indian side to earnestly respect the Chinese territorial sovereignty, abide by bilateral treaties and uphold peace and tranquility in the border areas and create favourable conditions for the proper settlement of boundary questions.

On his government's stance on Kashmir, he said, 'China's position on the Kashmir issue is consistent and clear. This is a dispute left from history and it should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the United Nations charter, the relevant UNSC resolutions and other bilateral treaties.

He said the relevant side should resolve the dispute through dialogue and consultations and uphold regional peace and stability.

To a question that the Chinese side was opposed to blacklist Pakistan by FATF, he said that the FATF was an important platform for anti-money laundering and fighting terrorist financing activities.

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