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China hits out at India's remark over Arunachal Pradesh

November 12, 2008

by Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
November 11, 2008

Dharamsala, Nov 11 -- China said Tuesday that it deeply regretted
India's Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee's remarks
calling Arunachal Pradesh a part of India's territory, according to a
report by China's state-run news agency.

"We deeply regret the Indian side's remarks that take no regard of
the historical facts," Xinhua quoted Chinese foreign ministry
spokesman Qin Gang as saying at a regular press conference Tuesday afternoon.

"China and India have never officially settled demarcation of
borders, and China's stance on the eastern section of China-India
borders is consistent and clear-cut," the foreign ministry spokesman said.

"The current Chinese government, as well as previous ones, has never
recognized the illegal 'McMahon Line' (demarcating the border between
India and China by the British), and the Indian side is very clear
about that," the Xinhua reported Qin as saying.

Xinhua reported that Qin was commenting on remarks made Sunday by
Mukherjee, in which he said that Arunachal Pradesh is an inalienable
part of Indian territory and India will suggest to China that the
border be opened for trade.

"China is often making claims on Arunachal Pradesh, but Arunachal
Pradesh has a special place in our heart," India's External Affairs
Minister Pranab Mukherjee said during his visit to the north eastern state.

India and China have held 12 rounds of talks to find a solution to
disputed border regions.
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