China map shows Arunachal as its own, In­dia fumes

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - — PTI

New Delhi: Re­act­ing strongly to re­ports that China has in its re­cent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its ter­ri­tory, In­dia on Satur­day said car­to­graphic de­pic­tion does not change re­al­ity on the ground.

On re­cent China maps which show dis­puted ar­eas in Arunachal and South China Sea as its own, the spokesper­son in the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry said, “The car­to­graphic de­pic­tions do not change the re­al­ity on the ground. The fact that Arunachal Pradesh in in­te­gral and in­alien­able part of In­dia has been con­veyed to Chi­nese author­ity at sev­eral oc­ca­sions in­clud­ing at the very high­est level.” He also in­di­cated that this may be raised by the In­dian del­e­ga­tion, headed by vi­cepres­i­dent Hamid An­sari, cur­rently in China to par­tic­i­pate in an event to com­mem­o­rate the 60th an­niver­sary of Panchsheel or Five Prin­ci­ples of Peace­ful Co­ex­is­tence.

“It is nor­mal prac­tice to raise all is­sues of bi­lat­eral con­cerns,” the spokesper­son said when asked if An­sari will raise it dur­ing his meet­ings with the Chi­nese lead­er­ship.

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