Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, “have been, are, and would” stay an integral part of the nation, asserted India on Thursday, insisting that China has no locus standi to touch upon its inside issues.
The feedback by External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava got here in response to China’s rivalry that it doesn’t recognise the union territory of Ladakh in addition to the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Our position on this has always been clear and consistent. The union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and would remain an integral part of India. China has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal matters,” Srivastava mentioned at a media briefing.
“We hope that countries will not comment on India’s internal matters, as much as they expect the same of others,” he added.
Srivastava additionally mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh is an “integral and inalienable” part of India.
“Our position on Arunachal Pradesh has also been made clear several times. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. This fact has also been clearly conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions, including at the highest level,” he added.
After Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a quantity of new bridges in sure border areas on Monday, a Chinese overseas ministry spokesperson mentioned China doesn’t recognise the Ladakh union territory “illegally set up” by India in addition to Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chinese spokesperson had additionally claimed that growth of border infrastructure by India was the “root cause” of tensions between the 2 international locations.
On the border standoff in japanese Ladakh and the result of the bilateral army talks, Srivastava referred to a joint press assertion issued by the 2 armies after their dialogue on October 12, calling the assembly “positive and constructive”.
“Disengagement is a complex process that requires redeployment of troops by each side towards their regular posts on their respective sides of the LAC,” Srivastava mentioned.
“To achieve this, the two sides will maintain the current momentum of communications based on the guidance of our leadership to not to turn differences into disputes and work towards a mutually acceptable solution for complete disengagement in all the friction areas along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) and restoration of peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas,” he added.
(With Inputs from PTI)