China, not India, controls Ladakh: Shuang

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – November 1, 2019
BEIJING (China): Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Geng Shuang, addressing a regular press conference on Thursday, said, “The Indian government officially announced the establishment of the so-called Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh, placing part of Chinese territory under Indian administration.”

According to an official statement, he continued, “China deplores and firmly opposes this.”

Shuang mentioned, “India is challenging China’s sovereign rights and interests by unilaterally revising domestic law and administrative division” adding “This is illegal, null and void.”

He educated, “It will neither change the fact that the relevant region is under China’s actual control nor produce any effect.”

Shuang said, “We urge India to respect China’s territorial sovereignty, abide by bilateral agreements, and safeguard the peace and tranquility in the border region with concrete actions to create conditions for a proper settlement of the border issue with China.”

He reiterated, “China’s position on the issue of Kashmir is consistent and clear. It is a dispute left over from history and should be resolved properly and peacefully in accordance with the United Nations (UN) charter, relevant Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and bilateral agreements.”

Shuang preached, “Parties to the issue should resolve disputes through dialogue and consultation to maintain peace and stability in the region.”

He reminded, “Pakistan is China’s all-weather strategic cooperative partner. The China-Pakistan friendship is unbreakable.”

Shuang said, “Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an important platform for international cooperation in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing activities” adding “Its purpose and goal is helping countries better combat such illegal activities as money laundering and terrorist financing, rather than sanctioning or punishing any country.”

He continued, “Not long ago, the FATF plenary meeting decided to keep Pakistan’s rating unchanged. It shows the FATF membership’s common understanding on recognition of Pakistan’s progress in improving anti-terrorist financing system and encouragement for Pakistan’s efforts.”

Shuang reminded, “This is in line with the FATF purpose and goal of fighting terrorist financing and upholding the security of the international financial system.”

He concluded, “China supports Pakistan’s efforts to improve its counter-terrorism financing system and will work with other FATF members to provide more constructive support and assistance to Pakistan.”