China Approves Land Border Law; Will tensions with India increase?

Beijing: China’s parliament has passed a law to protect the border areas, stating that the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are “sacred and undivided”. The law is also likely to affect border disputes between India and China. According to the Chinese government news agency Xinhua, members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) approved the law in a parliamentary session on Saturday.

The law will come into force on January 1st next year. Under this law, the integrity of the People’s Republic of China is sacred and undivided. The law provides that the government can take steps to strengthen border security, support economic and social development, establish border areas, further strengthen public services and infrastructure in these areas and support the local population in their development .

This allows the government to take action to promote coordination in border management and social and economic development. The law provides that the Chinese government will resolve border disputes with neighboring countries on the basis of equality, mutual trust and friendly dialogue. This will be the basis for a long-term discussion on the border issue and debate. China has not yet signed a border agreement with India and Bhutan.

The border between India and China covers an area of ​​3488 km². The border dispute with Bhutan is therefore in the 400 km long border area. Border disputes between India and China have been simmering since last year. 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in the Galvantal.

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