Two days after India and China blamed one another for failing to make headway in talks over the navy standoff on the Line of Precise Management in Ladakh, Beijing Wednesday mentioned it “firmly opposed” Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s go to to Arunachal Pradesh final weekend. It requested New Delhi to “stop taking actions that would complicate and expand the boundary issue”.
Inside hours, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs rejected Beijing’s assertion, saying Arunachal Pradesh is an “integral and inalienable part” of India and objection to visits of Indian leaders to a state of India “does not stand to reason”.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the Vice President had addressed the state Meeting, interacted with “achievers”, inaugurated the Meeting library, the Dorjee Khandu auditorium and a paper recycling unit in Itanagar, moreover assembly the state management together with the Governor and Chief Minister.
Beijing’s objection to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh will not be uncommon. It has objected to visits up to now by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in 2019, and Residence Minister Amit Shah in 2020. Every time, its objection has invited a pointy response from the Indian authorities. However on Wednesday, New Delhi additionally underlined the border state of affairs – and that’s what made its response considerably completely different.
China claims as much as 90,000 sq km in Arunachal Pradesh within the jap sector, whereas India sees China as illegally occupying 38,000 sq km in Aksai Chin within the western sector.
Chinese language International Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, responding to a query on Venkaiah Naidu’s go to to Arunachal Pradesh, mentioned: “China’s position on the boundary issue is consistent and clear.”
“The Chinese government never recognises the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side, and is firmly opposed to the Indian leaders’ visits to the area concerned,” he mentioned.
“We urge the Indian side to earnestly respect China’s major concerns, stop taking any action that would complicate and expand the boundary issue, and refrain from undermining mutual trust and bilateral relations. It should instead take real concrete actions to maintain peace and stability in the China-India border areas and help bring the bilateral relations back on to the track of sound and steady development,” Zhao mentioned.
BY RAISING the LAC concern, New Delhi is underlining that Beijing’s bid to change the boundary establishment is behind the slide in ties. And that it can’t be delinked from any talks between the 2 sides.
In response, Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, mentioned: “We have noted the comments made today by the Chinese official spokesperson. We reject such comments. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other state of India. Objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to a state of India does not stand to reason and understanding of Indian people.”
Bagchi then blamed the Chinese language for the state of affairs alongside the LAC. “Further, as we have mentioned earlier, the current situation along the LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas has been caused by unilateral attempts of Chinese side to alter the status quo in violation of the bilateral agreements. Therefore, we expect the Chinese side to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols rather than trying to link unrelated issues.”
In Ladakh, troops have disengaged on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso and Gogra Put up, however not at Sizzling Springs the place they proceed to face one another ever for the reason that Chinese language crossed the LAC in Might 2020. The Chinese language have additionally been stopping Indian troops from accessing conventional patrolling factors on the Depsang Plains, not removed from the strategic Indian outpost at Daulat Beg Oldie close to the Karakoram Move within the north.
On Monday, after the thirteenth spherical of Corps Commander-level talks, India mentioned its delegation made “constructive suggestions” on resolving the state of affairs within the “remaining areas” however the Chinese language facet “was not agreeable” and likewise “could not provide any forward-looking proposals”. China, however, accused India of elevating what it referred to as “unreasonable and unrealistic demands” which, it mentioned, “added difficulties to the negotiations”.
This sharp alternate of phrases was a departure from the previous for the reason that two sides had been issuing joint statements, displaying frequent understanding of the assembly outcomes.
On the eve of the assembly, Military chief Normal MM Naravane, talking on the India Immediately Conclave, mentioned the Chinese language have been constructing infrastructure on their facet of the area and this implies “they are there to stay”. He had made an analogous comment whereas on a tour of jap Ladakh.
Earlier this month, there was a close to conflict in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh after Indian troopers confronted over 150 Chinese language troops. They jostled one another earlier than native commanders stepped in to manage the state of affairs. Late August, almost 100 Chinese language troopers had intruded into Indian territory in Barahoti in Uttarakhand.