India’s seniormost diplomat has described as the country’s border dispute with China as the one of the “most complicated in the world”, which both sides are determined to resolve.
In an interview to the All India Radio, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said on Friday that a lot of ground needed to be covered “in terms of narrowing differences and building more understanding” on the issue of boundary.
“I can say it with all honesty, both governments are convinced that there is no other way to resolve this but dialogue.”
She said it should be accepted by both the sides that there were differences in the perception of the Line of Actual Control along the border areas. “And there are differences also in terms of conflicting territorial claims.”
The focus on incursions and Arunachal Pradesh, she said, had intensified the need for the two sides to sit down and resolve the issues with even more seriousness and determination.
“Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and an inalienable part of India,” she added.
Envoy meets BJP chief
India sees Chinese claims on Arunachal Pradesh as an interference in the country’s internal matters, the strong message was conveyed to Chinese ambassador Zhang Yan by BJP president Rajnath Singh, when the Chinese ambassador called on Singh at his residence on Friday.
“The BJP fully supports the diplomatic efforts of the Government of India in taking up these issues with the Chinese Government, “ he said.
On his part, the Chinese ambassador stressed that China wanted to build confidence among the people of the two countries.