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.
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”.
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.