India on Saturday released a new political map of India showing the administrative boundaries of the newly formed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
"New Map showing the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, as these exist after 31st October, 2019 (sic),” India's Minister of State in Prime Minister Office Jitendra Singh tweeted along with map.
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) November 2, 2019
The home ministry also issued a separate notification with the details of boundaries which shows Aksai Chin, which is currently administered by China, as part India's Ladakh.
The Chinese foreign ministry strongly objected to New Delhi's move on Kashmir.
"India unilaterally changes its domestic laws and administrative divisions challenging China’s sovereignty. This is unlawful and void and this is not effective in any way and will not change the fact that the area is under actual Chinese control," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
The Indian foreign ministry, in reply, termed China's statement an interference in India's internal affairs.
"We do not expect other countries including China to comment on the matter which is internal to India; just as India refrains from commenting on internal issues of other countries," said ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
The administrative status of the state changed after the Indian Parliament abrogated Article 370, providing special status to the former state.
India, for its part, has accused China of the “illegal occupation of large tracts of areas in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh" claiming that "it has illegally acquired Indian territories from Pakistan-administered Kashmir under the China-Pakistan Boundary Agreement of 1963.”
Aksai Chin was ceded to China by Pakistan in 1963 when both countries signed a boundary agreement to settle their border differences in Pakistan administered Kashmir and Xinjiang.
In so far as the boundary question is concerned, India and China have agreed to seek fair and reasonable and mutually acceptable solutions to the issue through peaceful consultations on the basis of political parameters and guiding principles that were agreed upon in 2005.