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China’s claim on Arunachal Pradesh in new map stirs up fresh row

NEW DELHI: China has released a new map showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of it, stirring up a fresh row over the border state. The two nations have always had different views on the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) maintains that the northeastern state is a part of the Indian nation and that the latest development could be taken up by Vice President Hamid Ansari with the Chinese officials.

“Cartographic depiction doesn’t change facts. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and has already been raised at higher levels. It is also likely to be brought up in Ansari’s China visit,” the MEA said in a statement.

China continues to give residents from Arunachal stapled visas and in a recent trip to India, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had described this as a “goodwill gesture”.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki condemned China’s depiction of the state as its own territory and urged the Narendra Modi government’s intervention in the issue.