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politics | IST

J&K issue an internal matter, China has no locus standi to comment, says former army chief JJ Singh

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The sharpest response came from China which said that the move to convert Ladakh into a union territory undermines its sovereignty.

India’s decision to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has received international attention. While the US has expressed concern about detentions and rights of J&K residents, the United Nations has voiced concern about tension in the region and along the line of control.
However, the sharpest response came from China which said that the move to convert Ladakh into a union territory undermines its sovereignty, is unacceptable, and will not have any effect. India on the other hand has said that this is an internal matter and it would expect China and other countries to respect that as well.
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Speaking about China’s response over Ladakh, former army chief JJ Singh, said: “I am quite clear in my mind that there is no reason for China to raise any objection to what has happened. In fact we have always supported the Chinese stand on ‘One-China’. We supported them in Tibet. This is our internal matter, and I feel China has no reason to express any reservations about it.”
Amit Baruah, Resident Editor of The Hindu said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a dispute at the United Nations. That issue is not resolved there. So, the parties to the dispute can be expected to make a noise about it.”
“The issues are real and it is the government that has taken the initiative. For the last two days we do not know what has been happening in the Kashmir valley. We have just heard a couple of interviews with Farooq Abdullah, the national conference leader, very anguished statements coming out from him. So, we have to wait and see how these things play out in the valley, what happens there,” he added.
Anil Trigunayat, a former diplomat, said the statement issued by the US on India's plan for J&K has been balanced. “They first intended to say that this is virtually an internal matter and then they have expressed concern about human rights. However, that should not be taken very seriously. The fact is that all these countries have been briefed,” he said.
Manish Mahendra Sabharwal, Chairman of TeamLease said: “Kashmir is an economic infant. There is only one listed company, there is no private employer in the valley with more than 500 employees. I am not a security professional, but having grown up in the Valley, I recognise that there is no economic complexity. Only 5 percent of nuts and fruits get processed, tourism is a 10 horsepower engine running on two horsepower. So, I think a 10-year plan to revive growth is absolutely essential.”