India China relations are in the middle of a tug of war over border issues in Ladakh. Further, Beijing has passed a statement targeting Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu on his Arunachal Pradesh visit. China opposingly stated that “Delhi should stop taking actions that would complicate and expand the boundary issue”.
While Mr. Naidu was on a tour to Arunachal Pradesh over the weekend,
India’s views on border issues with China
India has quite clearly stated that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of Indian territory and entire Indian internal affairs. The state of AP is of equal importance just like any other state of Indian territory.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) responded that it “reject[s] such comments”. “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India,” its spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated. “Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of AP 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,” he noted.
We reject such comments. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral & inalienable part of India. Indian leaders routinely travel to the State as they do to any other state of India: MEA spox on Chinese MFA spokesperson’s comments on recent visit of Vice President Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh
— ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2021
In addition, Mr. Bagchi also disapproved Chinese statement that the visit would “complicate” boundary issues, especially with the present problem of Ladakh. “the current situation along the LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas has been caused by unilateral attempts of the 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.”
Chinese statement on India’s Vice President tour to Arunachal Pradesh
Moreover, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson responded to MEA’s statement. It said that India should take any action that would complicate and expand the boundary issue, and refrain from undermining mutual trust and bilateral relations. It should instead make 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.