China's new Land Boundary Law can have concern on bilateral pacts

The ministry of external affairs on Wednesday stated China’s new legislation, entitled ‘Land Boundary Law’ can have an implication on existing bilateral pacts on border management. Also, the boundary question is of concern to India as the same remained unsettled between the two nations, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a statement.

The statements from the ministry of external affairs read as follows:- "China’s unilateral decision to bring about a legislation which can have an implication on our existing bilateral arrangements on border management as well as on the boundary question is of concern to us." "Such unilateral move will have no bearing on the arrangements that both sides have already reached earlier, whether it is on the boundary question or for maintaining peace and tranquillity along Line of Actual Control  in India-China border areas."

"We also expect that China will avoid undertaking action under the pretext of this law which could unilaterally alter the situation in the India-China border areas: MEA on China's new 'Land Boundary Law'

"The passage of this new China's new Land Boundary Law does not in our view confer any legitimacy to the so-called China-Pakistan "Boundary Agreement” of 1963 which Government of India has consistently maintained is an illegal and invalid agreement." It said, the law, which becomes operational from January 1 next year, stipulates that "the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the People's Republic of China are sacred and inviolable.

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