Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said India expects China to avoid taking measures under the new law that could unilaterally change the situation in the Indo border areas. -Chinese.
Talks between Indian and Chinese army commanders to disengage troops from key areas along their border stalled earlier this month, failing to quell a 17-month standoff that has at times leads to deadly clashes,
Chinese lawmakers approved the law at a meeting on Sunday of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
It states that China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are sacred and inviolable. “The State must take measures to safeguard territorial integrity and land borders and protect itself and combat any act that undermines territorial sovereignty and land borders,” he said.
Bagchi said India and China previously agreed to seek a fair and mutually acceptable resolution of their border dispute.
He expressed hope that the law would not affect the arrangements previously made by the two sides on the border dispute or threaten the peace and quiet in the border areas.
There was no immediate comment from China on India’s statement.
The two countries have posted tens of thousands of troops backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Real Line of Control, in the Ladakh region. Last year, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving batons, stones and fists along the disputed border. China said it lost four soldiers.
The actual line of control separates the Chinese and Indian territories from Ladakh in the west to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims in its entirety. India and China fought a border war in 1962.