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China says move on Kashmir violates its territorial sovereignty

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China said on Tuesday it opposed India’s decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir, a disputed region sandwiched among India, Pakistan and China, because it undermined China’s territorial sovereignty.

“India’s action is unacceptable and would not have any legal effect,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on the ministry’s website.

Responding to a question regarding China’s position on the rising tension in the region owing to the deployment of a large number of additional paramilitary troops in occupied Kashmir and the removal of its “special status”, the spokesperson said that China is “seriously concerned” about the current situation.

“China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. It is also an international consensus that the Kashmir issue is an issue left from the past between India and Pakistan,” she said.

“The relevant sides need to exercise restraint and act prudently. In particular, they should refrain from taking actions that will unilaterally change the status quo and escalate tensions.”

The spokesperson said that China calls on both countries to peacefully resolve disputes “through dialogue and consultation” and to “safeguard peace and stability in the region”.

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