China did not grant visas to a group of Indians who were planning to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra on Wednesday. As per reports, this comes hours after Article 370 was removed and Ladakh is a new union territory. The formation of Ladakh as a Union Territory and the Chinese reaction evoked a sharp response from New Delhi. Following the government's decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status, China on Tuesday asked both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint voicing 'serious concern' over the situation in Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, introduced in Parliament proposes the formation of a new 'Union Territory of Ladakh' and 'Jammu & Kashmir'. Hours after China’s statement, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India never comments on the internal affairs of other countries and expects other countries to do likewise. India and China had agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along their border until a mutually acceptable solution is found on the issue.
"So far as the India-China boundary question is concerned, the two sides have agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement on the basis of the political parameters and guiding principles for the settlement of India-China boundary question. "Pending such a settlement, both sides have agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas on the basis of the relevant agreements," Kumar was quoted.