Just a couple of days after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India, China has created another controversy by adding a new twist to border disputes with India.
A Xinhua, mouthpiece of the Chinese government, report has desribed the Sino-Indian border as 2,000 km long, ignoring nearly 1,600 km from its definition of China's border with India. The border as per Indian account is 3,500 km.
China apparently no longer treats the line of nearly 1,600 km separating Jammu and Kashmir on one hand and Xinjiang and Tibet on the other as a border with India.
Xinuha's reference to the border issue was based on an official briefing by Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue, ahead of Wen's visit.
During his visit, Wen said China and India have agreed to set up a working mechanism for consultation and coordination on border affairs.
Terming the boundary issue between the two countries as an "historical legacy", Wen had said that it would not be easy to completely resolve the matter.