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China should accept 'reality': Arunchal CM

PTI  Itanagar, October 13, 2009
First Published: 21:24 IST(13/10/2009) | Last Updated: 21:26 IST(13/10/2009)

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on Tuesday took strong exception to China's objection to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the state, saying that country should "accept the reality" and refrain from laying claim to the state.

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In a statement, Khandu hoped that China would accept the reality and refrain from laying claim on the hilly tribal state which graduated to electoral democracy in 1975.

"Between the two visits of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year and this year, several central ministers including then external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister A K Antony had reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is an inalienable part of India and that no power on the earth can snatch it away from India," he said.

Khandu pointed out that President Pratibha Patil also visited the state to endorse the stand of the Union government.

The Centre had also reacted strongly to Chinese objection to Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the comments were disappointing as the state is an inalienable part of the country and such remarks do "not help" the process of talks on boundary issue.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu had said that China is "strongly dissatisfied with the visit to the disputed region by the Indian leader disregarding China's serious concerns".


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