Two days after India and China blamed each other for not moving forward on talks over a military standoff over the real line of control in Ladakh, Beijing said on Wednesday it had “strongly opposed” to the visit of Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh last weekend. He called on New Delhi to “stop taking measures that would complicate and extend the border problem.”
In Arunachal Pradesh, the Vice President addressed the State Assembly, interacted with the “directors”, inaugurated the Assembly library, Dorjee Khandu auditorium and recycling unit paper in Itanagar, in addition to meeting with state leaders, including the Governor and Chief Minister.
Beijing’s objection to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh is not unusual. He has in the past opposed visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in 2019 and Interior Minister Amit Shah in 2020. Each time his objection has elicited a firm response from the government. Indian. But on Wednesday, New Delhi also highlighted the situation at the border – and that’s what made its response somewhat different.
China claims up to 90,000 km2 in Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector, while India considers China to illegally occupy 38,000 km2 in Aksai Chin in the western sector.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, responding to a question about Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, said, “China’s position on the border issue is consistent and clear.
“The Chinese government never recognizes the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side, and strongly opposes visits by Indian leaders to the affected area,” he said.
“We urge the Indian side to sincerely respect China’s main concerns, to stop taking any action that would complicate and expand the border issue, and to refrain from undermining mutual trust and bilateral relations. Rather, it should take real concrete steps to maintain peace and stability in the Sino-Indian border areas and help put bilateral relations back on the path of healthy and steady development, ”Zhao said.
The reminder of Delhi
IN RAISING the issue of LAC, New Delhi points out that Beijing’s attempt to change the border status quo is causing ties to fall. And that he cannot be dissociated from any talk between the two parties.
In response, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We have taken note of the comments made today by the official Chinese spokesperson. We reject such comments. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian rulers regularly visit the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do any other state in India. To oppose the visit of Indian leaders to an Indian state does not go to the reason and understanding of the Indian people. “
Bagchi then blamed the Chinese for the situation along the ALC. “Moreover, as we mentioned earlier, the current situation along the LAC in the western sector of the Indo-Chinese border areas has been caused by unilateral attempts by the Chinese side to change the status quo in violation of the bilateral agreements. Therefore, we expect the Chinese side to work towards a swift resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in eastern Ladakh while fully respecting bilateral agreements and protocols rather than trying to link issues. unconnected.
In Ladakh, troops have disengaged on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Tso and Gogra Post, but not in Hot Springs where they continue to clash since the Chinese crossed the ALC in May 2020. The Chinese have also prevented Indian troops. to access traditional patrol points in the plains of Depsang, not far from the strategic Indian outpost of Daulat Beg Oldie, near the Karakoram Pass to the north.
On Monday, following the 13th round of corps commander-level talks, India said its delegation had made “constructive suggestions” on resolving the situation in the “remaining areas” but that the Chinese side “did not ‘disagreed’ and ‘also could not provide information – search for proposals’. China, meanwhile, accused India of raising what it called “unreasonable and unrealistic demands” which, she said, “added difficulties to the negotiations.”
This heated exchange of words was a change from the past as both sides issued joint statements, displaying a common understanding of the outcome of the meeting.
On the eve of the meeting, Army Chief Gen. MM Naravane, speaking at the India Today conclave, said the Chinese had built infrastructure on their side of the region, meaning “that” they are here to stay ”. He made a similar remark while touring eastern Ladakh.
Earlier this month, there was a near-clash in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh after Indian soldiers clashed with more than 150 Chinese soldiers. They jostled each other before local commanders intervened to control the situation. At the end of August, nearly 100 Chinese soldiers had entered Indian territory at Barahiti in Uttarakhand.