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Chinese interference an assault on India: BJP

delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2009 21:41 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

BJP on Tuesday objected to Chinese government's statement against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, and said India should take up this "assault on the country's sovereignty" strongly at the diplomatic fora.

"These are direct assaults by China on India's sovereignty. Of late, the dimension of these diplomatic aggressions and physical incursions has increased. Government of India should take a strong stand on the matter and take up this issue with China," senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.

China today expressed "strong" dissatisfaction over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh about ten days ago for electioneering.

"We demand the Indian side address China's serious concerns and not trigger disturbance in the disputed region so as to facilitate the healthy development of China-India relations," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy described this statement as "strong and to a great extent, disrespectful".

"We share an unfenced border with China, which does not recognise the McMahon line. It is occupying 35,000 sq km of land in Kashmir. There have been repeated incursions in Sikkim, Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh," he said.

BJP demanded that the Prime Minister should himself send a strong reply to China.

BJP accused the Indian government, especially the External Affairs Minister, of being "non-serious" about the border problem with China.

"The National Security Advisor has called reports of Chinese incursions"media hype". This raises questions of government's sincerity on the issue," Rudy said.

He mentioned Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister's earlier complaint that the Chinese had entered 20 km inside Indian Territory to argue his point.

"The government should work to diffuse the border dispute with China and ensure that it accepts the Line of Actual Control (LAC)," Rudy said.

"This is not a new problem as when the Prime Minister visited the border areas early last year, China had opposed it. They are making the same noises again," he said.

However, BJP said it would extend full support to the government in its fight against Chinese incursions.

"When it comes to the security, integrity, self-respect and dignity of the nation, BJP will be with the government," BJP President Rajnath Singh said.

He suggested that the government should display its diplomatic skills and take up the issue China.

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