China slams India for establishing Jammu Kashmir territory and Ladakh Union territory
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang condemned India's decision to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two new federally-administered territories.
"The Indian government officially announced the establishment of so called Jammu Kashmir territory and Ladakh Union territory which included some of China’s territory into its administrative jurisdiction," Geng said at a news briefing.
"China deplores and firmly opposed that. India unilaterally changes its domestic law and administrative divisions, challenging China’s sovereignty and interests," he stressed.
"This is awful and void, and this is not effective in any way and will not change the fact that the area is under China’s actual control," Reuters cited the spokesman as saying.
India's state of Jammu and Kashmir ceased to exist and two new federally administered territories were born. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has issued identical decrees and took over all functions of both the union territories.