China Says It Does Not Recognise “Illegal” Ladakh Union Territory
Beijing also said it is opposed to India building military infrastructure in border areas.
Calling the Union Territory of Ladakh illegal, China has said that it does not recognise it. Beijing has also iterated that it is opposed to India’s building of military infrastructure in border areas. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that neither India nor China should engage in activities in the border region that could complicate the situation. As for the country’s own infrastructure-building spree, the Ministry said that it is all on China’s side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In August 2019, India abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which led to the creation of two new Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said, “China has not recognised Ladakh union territory illegally set up by the Indian side. We are opposed to conducting infrastructure development for military purposes in the border area.” He later added, ““Based on the two sides’ consensus, no side should engage in the border areas in any activities that might complicate the situation to avoid undermining two sides’ efforts to ease the situation.”
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