New Delhi: Even as Vice President Hamid Ansari is in China to mark 60 years of the Panchsheel agreement, the Chinese government has stirred a new controversy. China has released a new map showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of it.
This is the latest in a routine dispute between the two nations which have differing perceptions of the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control. China also continues to give residents from Arunachal stapled visas.
MEA, however, maintains that the northeastern state is a part of the Indian nation and that the latest development could be taken up by Ansari with the Chinese officials. MEA said, "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."
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on a recent trip to India had described the move as a goodwill gesture, offering no resolution to the long standing dispute.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has hit out at China and has sought the Narendra Modi government's interference. "What China has done is not a new thing. We object to and condemn their claim on Arunachal Pradesh," Tuki said.
"We want that the central government should talk to China and look for a solution," he added.
Not just India, China is currently also locked in maritime disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei in the South China Sea. According to Chinese officials, China has settled border disputes with 12 of its 14 neighbours except India and Bhutan.
(With additional information from PTI)