The most visible change is the absence of Kashmir's own flag and constitution, which were eliminated as part of the region's new status. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Kashmir was a dare left from background and it ought to be peacefully solved.
"China deplores and firmly opposes that (move)". India unilaterally affects its national law and administrative branches, demanding China's sovereignty and interests.
Lin Minwang, a professor at Fudan University's Center for South Asian Studies in Shanghai told the Global Times, a daily tabloid newspaper under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, focusing on worldwide issues from a nationalistic perspective, that such a decision showed that India wants to add its military presence and control in the border regions and China's stance and its actual control over the Aksai Chin region have never changed.
Clearly, the Indian establishment seeks to subsume the Kashmiri identity and replace it with a new demographic reality. At least 57 people were critically injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful demonstrators by Indian forces in the occupied territory during the month.
India's foreign ministry rejected China's comments. It has also scaled back top-level official contacts with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in northern India.
"Patel had once said that had he handled the Kashmir issue, it would not have taken so long to resolve it", Modi said, in a veiled swipe at first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, often blamed for the Kashmir issue by the ruling BJP.
New Delhi has a much bigger say in the overall administrative affairs of union territories, considered the lowest governance unit in India.
"Madam Speaker, the people of Jammu and Kashmir deserve better and Prime Minister Modi was right to take bold steps to address this situation".
A man wearing a scarf with ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party's symbol dances as people celebrate change of status of Ladakh region to a Union Territory in Leh, India on Thursday.
India is expecting that by opening up land rights in Kashmir to individuals from outside the area it could reignite economic development, create jobs and turn the attention away in the militancy where over 40,000 individuals have died.
It blames Pakistan for keeping the revolt alive, allegations its nuclear-armed neighbour denies.
India and Pakistan have fought two wars over the Kashmir region, and there are fears that tensions will rise between the two nuclear powers.
Pakistan has condemned India's decision and protests were held throughout Pakistan's controlled areas of Kashmir. However, numerous states that claim to be champions of human rights are strangely silent when it comes to publicly censuring India's behaviour in IHK.