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China strengthens land border protection with new law amid stalemate with India


China passed a law on Saturday to strengthen border protection amid a prolonged standoff with India, worries about spillover effects from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and the spread of COVID-19 since ‘South East Asia.

The land border law won’t necessarily change the way border security is handled when the measure takes effect on January 1, but it reflects China’s growing confidence in its ability to manage its borders.

China is closely monitoring neighboring Afghanistan, where the Taliban returned to power in August, to guard against a possible influx of refugees or Islamist extremists crossing to join Muslim Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region.

Chinese soldiers have been at an impasse with Indian troops since April 2020. The country “will take effective measures to resolutely protect territorial sovereignty and security of land borders,” said the law.

This is the first time that the People’s Republic of China, founded 72 years ago, has had a specific law specifying how it governs and maintains its 22,000 km (14,000 mile) land border shared with 14 countries, including the former Russian and nuclear superpower. North Korea capable.

The Chinese army and military police – the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Force – are responsible for guarding the border against “invasion, encroachment, infiltration, provocation.”

The law states that China can close its border if a nearby war or other armed conflict threatens border security.

(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)

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