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India has reassured China that India's decision to exercise increasing control on administration will have no implication for Line Of Actual Control with China.

Why this reassurance?

After India has revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, separated Ladakh and made it a Union Territory, China raised its concerns.

In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry reacted to the above natural action of India that India had “continued to damage China’s territorial sovereignty by unilaterally modifying the form of domestic law.”

The Chinese Foreign Office had additionally said that this exercise was “unacceptable”.

India's response 

In a response to the Chinese foreign ministry statement, India's External Affairs Minister Mr. Jaishankar said that:

 There was no implication for the outside boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control with China.

 India was not bringing up any additional territorial claims. The Chinese worry in this respect was misplaced.

 The legislative steps were aimed at better governance and socio-economic development.

 Regarding the boundary question, Both India and China had accepted a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement based on the 2005 Political Parameters and Guiding Principles.

Line of Actual Control between India and China

Line of Actual Control (LAC), is a 4,057-km porous borderline operative through glaciers, snow deserts, mountains and rivers that differentiate India and China.

The Line of Actual Control crosses 3 areas that are Western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and the last one eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal).

India and China in 2005 agreed on the following political parameters and guiding principles for a boundary settlement:

➤ The two sides will resolve the boundary question through peaceful and amiable consultations. Neither side shall use or threaten to use force against the other by any means.

➤ Both countries shall look for a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question in accordance with the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

➤ Both sides should, in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual understanding, create meaningful and mutually acceptable alteration to their respective perspective on the boundary question.

➤ The two sides will give due thoughtfulness to each other's strategic and reasonable interests, and the principle of mutual and equal security.

➤ In arrival to a boundary settlement, the two sides shall safeguard due interests of their settled populations in the border areas.

➤ The Special Representatives on the boundary question shall continue their consultations for arriving at an agreed framework for a boundary settlement.