Reiterating India's strong stance that abrogation of Article 370 was an internal matter of India, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Monday has told China has the issue has no implication on the actual Line of Control, according to sources during his three-day visit to Beijing.
He has further reportedly claimed that the abrogation of Article 370 has not raised any other territorial claims by India. He has also said that the issue does not affect India's external boundaries while stating that article 370 was a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and hence was the sole prerogative of the country alone, according to sources.
Jaishankar has reportedly also said that China needs to get real, according to sources, as Pakistan had earlier claimed that China fully supports Pakistan approaching the UNSC in the issue inspite China calling Kashmir issue a bilateral issue.
Earlier in the day, during the second high-level joint talks with his Chinese counterpart- Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the External Affairs Minister had conveyed that India believes it is important to ensure that any bilateral differences should not become disputes, as Beijing said it is "very closely" following the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir and its "ramifications" and asked New Delhi to play a "constructive role" for regional peace and stability.
Meanwhile, in a big boost to Indo-China cultural ties, China has offered to expand the Kailash -Mansarovar yatra. India welcomed the move and said that it was an integral part of India's move to promote cultural people-to-people exchanges between both countries.
The visit of Jaishankar, the first Indian minister to tour China after the Modi government began its second term, is taking place following India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two Union Territories -Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. His visit was finalised much before India's move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.