Two days after India and China blamed one another for failing to make headway in talks over the navy standoff on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Beijing Wednesday stated 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”.
Within hours, the Ministry of External 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 Assembly, interacted with “achievers”, inaugurated the Assembly library, the Dorjee Khandu auditorium and a paper recycling unit in Itanagar, apart from assembly the state management together with the Governor and Chief Minister.
Beijing’s objection to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh just isn’t uncommon. It has objected to visits up to now by 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 response from the Indian authorities. But 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 japanese sector, whereas 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 go to to Arunachal Pradesh, stated: “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 stated.
“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 stated.
BY RAISING the LAC problem, 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 External Affairs, stated: “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 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 Post, however not at Hot Springs the place they proceed to face one another ever for the reason that Chinese crossed the LAC in May 2020. The Chinese 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 near the Karakoram Pass within the north.
On Monday, after the 13th spherical of Corps Commander-level talks, India stated its delegation made “constructive suggestions” on resolving the state of affairs within the “remaining areas” however the Chinese facet “was not agreeable” and in addition “could not provide any forward-looking proposals”. China, then again, accused India of elevating what it referred to as “unreasonable and unrealistic demands” which, it stated, “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, Army chief General MM Naravane, talking on the India Today Conclave, stated the Chinese have been constructing infrastructure on their facet of the area and this implies “they are there to stay”. He had made an identical comment whereas on a tour of japanese Ladakh.
Earlier this month, there was a near conflict in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh after Indian troopers confronted over 150 Chinese troops. They jostled one another earlier than native commanders stepped in to regulate the state of affairs. Late August, nearly 100 Chinese troopers had intruded into Indian territory in Barahoti in Uttarakhand.