Amid an ongoing border dispute with India, China challenges India's claim on Arunachal

In midst of an ongoing confrontation between China and India along the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) China has again claimed Arunachal Pradesh as a part of Southern Tibet. 'We never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh' says China on Thursday.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jan 22, 2021 11:57 IST
Amid an ongoing border dispute with India, China challenges India's claim on Arunachal
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After a confrontation at Galwan Valley in June 2020, the situation has again become tensed between India and China, this time, the border around Arunachal Pradesh has become a point of contention. China stated that it never recognized Arunachal Pradesh as a part of Indian territory.  According to recent media reports, China has built a village near the Arunachal border and it consists of about 101 homes.

Reports also suggest that the construction was completed somewhere around November 2020. It has also been reported that around 101 houses have been built closer to the border and some habitation has also been observed.

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This comes at a time when China India and China have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks to resolve the face-off in eastern Ladakh, but no agreement has been reached so far. Recently after it was reported that China had captured certain territory inside the Indian side of the McMahon Line, the Ministry of external affairs said, "Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India's security and takes all the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity,"

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Relations between Bejing and New Delhi have seen a lot of ups and downs in recent years, but this time Confrontation doesn't seem to end as China is not ready to agree on any demands made by India, In simpler words, China doesn't want to resolve the issue by diplomatic means.

After China's claim on Arunachal Pradesh,  a question is raised by various defense experts around the country that perhaps it's the right time for India to recognize Taiwan as an independent republic and drop its support for the one-China policy which has been adopted in the past. India should also openly come out in support of Hong Kong.

Arunachal Pradesh is a state in Northeast India. It borders the states of Assam and Nagaland to the south. It shares international borders with Bhutan in the west, Myanmar in the east, and a disputed border with China in the north at the McMahon Line, China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be a part of South Tibet.

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