No Chinese visas for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra after Ladakh move

first_imgNEW DELHI: China has not granted visas to a group of Indians planning to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra on Wednesday, sources said on Tuesday, hours after the country opposed India’s move to make Ladakh a new union territory. Following the government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the state into union territories, China on Tuesday asked both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and voicing “serious concern” over the situation in Kashmir. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSaying that the two countries should avoid actions that “unilaterally” change the status quo and “exacerbate tensions” between them, China also expressed its opposition to India’s move to create a separate Union Territory of Ladakh. India firmly rejected China’s stand, calling it an “internal matter”. “The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill 2019, introduced by the Government in Parliament on 5 August, which proposes the formation of a new ‘Union Territory of Ladakh’ is an internal matter concerning the territory of India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query on comments made by a Chinese government official. “India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise,” he added.last_img