China map shows Arunachal as its own, India fumes
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.