Manoj Kewalramani was quoted in the Voice of Vietnam on China’s new border law. Explaining the specific provisions of the new law, Manoj Kewalramani, Fellow-China Studies at The Takshashila Institution, said:
The new law is extremely important from an Indian perspective. India is one among two countries that share a disputed land boundary with the People’s Republic, and the legislation will impinge on this. Article 1 of the policy that talks about “delineation and demarcation of land borders” and Article 4, which stipulates that “sovereignty and territorial integrity” are “sacred and inviolable”, are indicative of a “tougher stance” that China will take on boundary negotiations when it comes to India.
This is a broad legislation that deals with not just border security and development, but also management, and authorises key agencies for specific tasks. This is partly an effort to put in place legal structures, identify tasks and responsibilities and establish frameworks authorising government action.
He added that another aspect of the law — Article 10 — calls for coordinated development of border security and economy.
This entails strengthening border defence, supporting the economic and social development along border regions and improving public services and infrastructure in the areas. This provides a stronger legal framework and impetus for work related to border villages that have been built across Tibet.
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