Upping the ante on Arunachal Pradesh, a leading Chinese official newspaper on Wednesday said that an "overwhelming majority" of its web users were against the "frequent" visits to the "disputed area" by Indian leaders.
An online poll conducted yesterday by 'huanqiu.com', the website of the Global Times' Chinese edition, showed that an overwhelmingly majority of users were against the visits.
"About 96 per cent of the over 6,000 respondents agreed that they felt agitated by the frequent visits by Indian leaders to the disputed area, while about 2 per cent disagreed and 2 per cent said they didn't care," said the paper, a sister publication of the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece, People's Daily.
The paper's rather unusual step of carrying out an online survey came a day after China again raked up its claim over Arunachal Pradesh, questioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit there on October 3.
"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 in a statement yesterday.
Reacting strongly to the Chinese objection to Prime Minister Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India said 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.