Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 7
Even as China is engaged in hostilities with India on the western portion of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), it reiterated its declare over Arunachal Pradesh within the japanese sector as properly on Monday.
The Chinese iteration got here within the context of 5 youths who went lacking on September three with locals alleging that the PLA had kidnapped them from Nacho village of Upper Subansiri district. Local media has reported that the kidnapping was witnessed by two individuals who have been a part of the group, however managed to flee.
Asked in regards to the lacking youths from Arunachal Pradesh at a press convention, Zhao Lijian, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson, mentioned: “China’s position with regard to the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, i.e. South Tibet region, is consistent and clear. We have never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh, illegally established on the Chinese territory. Regarding the specifics (missing youth), I am not aware of it now.”
Beijing says not conscious of 5 lacking youths
We have by no means recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh. Regarding the specifics (lacking youth), I’m not conscious of it now. —Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
China had final raked up the difficulty in mid-February when Union Home Minister Amit Shah had visited Arunachal Pradesh on its statehood day. The Chinese MFA’s response then was stronger, accusing the minister of violating China’s territorial sovereignty and undermining the soundness of the border space.
The MEA had then shot again with its normal response, reiterating that Arunachal was an “integral, inalienable part” of India and added that “objecting to a visit of any leader of India to Arunachal Pradesh does not stand to reason and understanding of India”.
This time, nevertheless, the Chinese objection, though milder than the earlier response, comes when the LAC standoff in japanese Ladakh exhibits no indicators of abating even after a current assembly of the 2 Defence Ministers in Moscow and a number of other rounds of army and diplomatic talks.
Tagin tribe upset with the authorities
The 5 lacking boys belong to the Tagin tribe. The All Tagin Students’ Union, whereas condemning China for ‘abducting the teenagers’, on Monday accused the authorities of not paying sufficient consideration to the nation’s strategically vital space