During an interview, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said that he has explained to China that nothing had changed after the abrogation of Article 370 as far as they were concerned
New York: Stating that the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir will have no effect on China, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said China had "misread" India's step to revoke Article 370 of Indian Constitution.
During an interview to Asia Society Policy Institute's President Kevin Rudd on Tuesday, Jaishankar said, "I think the Chinese misread what was happening there. I went a few days after the legislation to China and explained to them that as far as they were concerned, nothing had changed. India's boundary had not changed, the Line of Actual Control had not changed."
China had expressed concerns over the India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It also called for a closed-door meeting over Kashmir in the United Nations.
On Pakistan's reaction, the external affairs minister said that Pakistan's reaction on the abrogation of Article 370 reflects its frustration and anger.
"For Pakistan, it was a country which has really created an entire industry of terrorism to deal with the Kashmir issue ...who now says that the investments of 70 years are undercut if this policy succeeds. So, their today's reaction of anger and frustration is in many ways because they built an industry over a long period of time," he said.
According to a report, troops of India and China engaged in a heated exchange in eastern Ladakh near the Pangong Tso Lake on September 11 due to differing perceptions about the Line of Actual Control. The issue was however was solved during a delegation-level talk between the two sides.
(With ANI inputs)
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Last Updated Sep 25, 2019, 4:00 PM IST