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China’s new border protection law can have implications on bilateral ties, says India

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India on Wednesday said China’s new law to strengthen land border protection can have implications on existing bilateral arrangements.

The new law, which was adopted on October 25, came amid the ongoing standoff with India along the Line of Actual Control. The law will now govern how Beijing guards its 22,000-km long land border that it shares with 14 countries, including India, Russia, North Korea, Mongolia and Bhutan.

China has land border disputes with India and Bhutan.

“It may be noted that India and China have still not resolved the boundary question…In this regard, China’s unilateral decision to bring about a legislation which can have implication on our existing bilateral agreements on border management as well as on the boundary question is of concern to us,” said India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

Bagchi called it a unilateral move, adding that India hopes Beijing will not take actions under the new law that “could unilaterally alter the situation” in the border areas.

“Furthermore, the passage of this new 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 document,” he said.

This is the first time China has passed a law…

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