Map row: Arunachal an integral part of India, asserts New Delhi

china-mapIndia has reacted sharply to reports that China has in its recent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, saying “cartographic depiction” does not change reality on the ground and asserted that Arunachal Pradesh was an integral part of the country.

“The cartographic depictions do not change the reality on the ground. The fact that Arunachal Pradesh in integral and inalienable part of India has been conveyed to Chinese authority at several occasions, including at the very highest level,” Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesperson of India’s external affairs ministry, told reporters in New Delhi in response to a question June 28.

The spokesperson also indicated that the issue may be taken by India’s Vice-president Hamid Ansari, who is currently in China to participate in a joint event by India, Myanmar and China to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Panchsheel or Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

“It is normal practice to raise all issues of bilateral concerns,” the spokesperson said when asked if the vice-president will raise it during his meetings with the Chinese leadership.

A new map of China, unveiled some days back, shows Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet. India and China have claimed Arunachal Pradesh in its entirety. The issue is part of the boundary negotiations between India and China. The two Asian powers have held 17 rounds of boundary talks between their special representatives, but without any breakthrough.


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