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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

NSA downplays Indo-China map controversy

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 26, 2012
First Published: 23:16 IST(26/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:04 IST(27/11/2012)

There is nothing new in Beijing’s recent passport map showing Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh under Chinese control, said national security advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon.

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“What has changed?” he said, “Chinese have a view on where the boundary lies... The Chinese chose to put a watermark on their passports which shows the boundaries as they see it. We show our boundary as we see it on visas that we issue.”

Menon, speaking at a book launch at the Observer Research Foundation, said India and China have shown an ability to “manage” their relations and engage in “strategic communications” on a host of issues, including boundaries and rivers.

He said the map row should be seen in a perspective.

“We have differences on the boundary. We are discussing them. We have made progress in dealing with the boundary,” he said. Menon is the special envoy on the Sino-Indian border talks. India, he said, needed an “external environment” that was “conducive to economic growth.”

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