India China Relation: Describing the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as ‘sacred and intact’, China’s parliament has adopted a new law related to the protection and use of border areas. The effect of this law may be on Beijing’s border dispute with India. According to the news of the official news agency Xinhua, the members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) approved this law during the concluding meeting of Parliament on Saturday.
This law will come into effect from January 1 next year. According to this, “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China is sacred and intact.” According to Xinhua, the law also states that to strengthen border security, help in economic and social development. The country can take steps to open the border areas, improve public service and infrastructure in such areas, promote it and help in the life and work of the people there. It can take measures to promote coordination in defense, social and economic development along the borders.
The country will deal with land border issues with neighboring countries adhering to the principles of equality, mutual trust and friendly dialogue and will resort to dialogue for a proper resolution of long pending border issues and disputes. Beijing has settled border disputes with 12 of its neighbors, but has not yet finalized border agreements with India and Bhutan.
Seriously affected the peace and tranquility in the border areas
The border dispute between India and China is in an area of 3,488 km along the Line of Actual Control, while China’s dispute with Bhutan is on the border of 400 km. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said last week that developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh have seriously affected the peace and tranquility in the border areas and apparently it has also affected the wider relations.
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