Two days after India and China blamed every different for failing to make headway in talks over the army standoff at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Beijing Wednesday mentioned it “firmly opposed” Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s discuss with to Arunachal Pradesh final weekend. It requested New Delhi to “stop taking actions that would complicate and expand the boundary issue”.
Within hours, the Ministry of External Affairs rejected Beijing’s statement, pronouncing 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 Assembly, interacted with “achievers”, inaugurated the Assembly library, the Dorjee Khandu auditorium and a paper recycling unit in Itanagar, but even so assembly the state management together with the Governor and Chief Minister.
Beijing’s objection to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh isn’t abnormal. It has objected to visits previously through Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in 2019, and Home Minister Amit Shah in 2020. Each time, its objection has invited a pointy reaction from the Indian govt. But on Wednesday, New Delhi additionally underlined the border state of affairs – and that’s what made its reaction relatively other.
China claims as much as 90,000 sq km in Arunachal Pradesh within the jap sector, whilst India sees China as illegally occupying 38,000 sq km in Aksai Chin within the western sector.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, responding to a query on Venkaiah Naidu’s discuss with 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 factor, New Delhi is underlining that Beijing’s bid to vary the boundary establishment is at the back of the slide in ties. And that it can’t be delinked from any talks between the 2 facets.
In reaction, Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External 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 for the placement 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 at the north and south banks of Pangong Tso and Gogra Post, however now not at Hot Springs the place they proceed to stand every different ever for the reason that Chinese crossed the LAC in May 2020. The Chinese have additionally been combating Indian troops from gaining access to conventional patrolling issues at the Depsang Plains, now not a long way from the strategic Indian outpost at Daulat Beg Oldie close to the Karakoram Pass within the north.
On Monday, after the thirteenth spherical of Corps Commander-level talks, India mentioned its delegation made “constructive suggestions” on resolving the placement within the “remaining areas” however the Chinese facet “was not agreeable” and in addition “could not provide any forward-looking proposals”. China, however, accused India of elevating what it known as “unreasonable and unrealistic demands” which, it mentioned, “added difficulties to the negotiations”.
This sharp change of phrases used to be a departure from the previous for the reason that two facets were issuing joint statements, showing not unusual figuring out of the assembly results.
On the eve of the assembly, Army leader General MM Naravane, talking on the India Today Conclave, mentioned the Chinese were construction infrastructure on their facet of the area and this implies “they are there to stay”. He had made a equivalent observation whilst on a excursion of jap Ladakh.
Earlier this month, there used to be a close to conflict in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh after Indian infantrymen faced over 150 Chinese troops. They jostled every different earlier than native commanders stepped in to regulate the placement. Late August, just about 100 Chinese infantrymen had intruded into Indian territory in Barahoti in Uttarakhand.