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Pranab’s Arunachal visit irks Beijing

world Updated: Dec 02, 2013 00:10 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
Pranab Mukherjee

India should not to make any move that could complicate the disputed border issue between the two countries and impact bilateral ties, has said.

Beijing made the remark in connection with President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh last week.

The comments, published in the state-run Xinhua news agency, broke the diplomatic calm over the dispute in place since People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers crossed over to Indian territory in Ladakh in April and pitched tents.

The Chinese soldiers returned only after three tense weeks of negotiations.

The statement also made rare references to the Chinese version of the history of the Indian state.

“The so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ was established largely on the three areas of China’s Tibet — Monyul, Loyul and Lower Tsayul currently under Indian illegal occupation. These three areas, located between the illegal “McMahon Line” and the traditional customary boundary between China and India, have always been Chinese territory,” said the strongly worded statement from Chinese government.

It said “colonialists”, indicating the British, wrongly set up the McMohan Line.

“In 1914, the colonialists secretly contrived the illegal “McMahon Line” in an attempt to incorporate into India the above-mentioned three areas of Chinese territory. None of the successive Chinese governments have ever recognised this line,” China said.

Beijing has refused to give normal visas to bureaucrats, army officers and athletes from Arunachal Pradesh on several occasions, only agreeing to issue “stapled visas”.

China’s stance on the disputed area on the eastern part of the China-India border is consistent and clear, foreign ministry spokesperson, Qin Gang, said.