Never acknowledged the existence of Arunachal Pradesh: China

China's foreign ministry spokesperson said: "First of all on the border issue our position is clear and consistent. We never acknowledged the existence of so called Arunachal Pradesh."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 3, 2018 9:50 pm
Doklam, Sikkim, Doklam standoff, China, india, China holds Arunachal Pradesh is a part of South Tibet. The India-China border dispute covered 3,488 km along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). FILE – (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

China on Wednesday did not mince its words when it said it had “never acknowledged” the existence of Arunachal Pradesh even as it kept mum over a media report that its troops intruded into the Indian side of the border in the frontier state. Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, had made the statement after a media report stated that Chinese troops intruded into the Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh for about 200 meters close to a village in upper Siang district.

In a statement to media persons, Geng was quoted as saying by PTI: “First of all on the border issue our position is clear and consistent. We never acknowledged the existence of so-called Arunachal Pradesh. For the specific situation you mentioned, I am not aware of it.” China claims Arunachal Pradesh is part of South Tibet. The India-China border dispute covered 3,488 km along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

According to the report, the Chinese troops who reportedly crossed over with the construction machinery last month were stopped by Indian soldiers. The Chinese troops reportedly left the construction equipment behind. “I want to mention that between China and India there is a well-developed mechanism for border-related affairs. Through this mechanism, China and India could manage the border affairs. Maintaining peace and stability at the border suits both China and India,” Geng was quoted as saying by PTI.

When the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson was asked whether there is another standoff between India and China similar to the one in Dokalam area, he said the “standoff which happened last year has been resolved properly”. According to the report, PTI said, the Chinese intrusion in Arunachal Pradesh reportedly took place around the same when National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi held the 20th round of border talks in New Delhi on December 22 last year.

On the outcome of the latest border talks between Beijing and New Delhi, Geng said, “Both sides made clear that the two countries will work together for the continuous improvement of China-India ties. The two sides will jointly maintain peace stability of the border areas.”

The Doklam standoff began on June 16 after the People’s Liberation Army’s troops began building a road in an area claimed by Bhutan. The Indian troops intervened to stop it, saying it posed a security risk to the Chicken Neck, the narrow corridor connecting India with its northeastern states.

The standoff ended on August 28 following mutual agreement under which China stopped the road building and India withdrew its troops.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Mohan Bhandari
    Jan 4, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    Consequent upon Trump's hard hitting words against Pakistan their diplomatic relations at it's worst at the moment,the all weather friend China has come forward to salvage the failed state.The timing of the Dragon's statement to console Pakistan needs to be noted, now onward,there are going to be persistent problems for India- both on the LC,LAC in Eastern Sector where China claims 90000 Sq Kms of Arunachal Pradesh. With Hambantota offered in a platter to China for 99 Years as Sri Lanka could not repay the debt,time is not far, when as slow poison,Dragon will start gulping portions of Pakistan including Gwadar. The requirement,therefore,is to speed up building infrastructures of strategic value in the Western,Central Eastern Sectors so far as relations both with Pakistan China are concerned,these are not capable of solution by themselves.We will have to prepared accordingly. Dragon's Ethnocentricity a terrorist Pakistan will have to be tackled together.
    1. Mohan Bhandari
      Jan 4, 2018 at 5:36 pm
      My comments appear mixed up !
    2. R Jain
      Jan 3, 2018 at 11:49 pm
      Why don't we withdraw the recognition of Tibet as part of China? After all, everything is words and semantics for the Chinese.
      1. Sanjay Bhattacharya
        Jan 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm
        Like China we must say that India also does not acknowledge Tibet as part of China. Tibet is a free country which has been occupied by China forcibly. China must vacate Tibet.
        1. sanjay kumar thota
          Jan 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm
          I believe its time to start laying our indispensable and historic claim to so called "Tibet". This is an unalienable part of India and is actually part of Greater Arunachal. This is currently under illegal occupation by invading forces of China.
          1. Maheshwar Srinivas
            Jan 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm
            The double speakeasies are at it again.Never should we ever again allow them to even an inch of Indian ground again.They have come this far only because previous governments were warming their behinds in Lutyens.Kailash Mansarovar was in India , and we must stake claim to that again.South Tibet is not theirs but ours.China occupied Tibet, so we don’t recognize it as Chinese territory.
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