China, India spar over Arunachal Pradesh

NEW DELHI/SHANGHAI Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:38pm IST

1 of 2. A man walks inside a conference room used for meetings between military commanders of China and India, at the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, Arunachal Pradesh, November 11, 2009.

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NEW DELHI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China on Saturday urged India not to aggravate problems on the border shared by the two nations, a day after President Pranab Mukherjee toured Arunachal Pradesh and called it an integral part of the country.

The two countries, which fought a brief border war in 1962, only last month signed a pact to ensure that differences on the border do not spark a confrontation.

But Mukherjee's visit to Arunachal Pradesh in the remote eastern stretch of the Himalayas that China claims as its own provoked a fresh exchange of words.

"We hope that India will proceed along with China, protecting our broad relationship, and will not take any measures that could complicate the problem, and together we can protect peace and security in the border regions," China's official news agency, Xinhua, quoted Qin Gang, a spokesman of the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying.

"Currently Sino-India relations are developing favourably and both sides are going through special envoy meetings and amicable discussions to resolve the border dispute between our two countries."

Mukherjee was on a routine visit to Arunachal which has been part of the Indian state for decades, and where India has regularly been holding elections. But China has of late grown increasingly assertive and questioned New Delhi's claims over the territory, calling it instead South Tibet.

Mukherjee told members of the state's legislative assembly it was "a core stakeholder in India's Look East foreign policy" that intends to link the country's northeast with South East Asia.

"We seek to make our neighbours partners in our development," Mukherjee said in Itanagar, the state capital. "We believe that India's future and our own best economic interests are served by closer integration with Asia."

China lays claim to more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) disputed by New Delhi in the eastern sector of the Himalayas, while India says China occupies 38,000 square km of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west. (Reporting by Krishna N Das in New Delhi and Adam Jourdan in Shanghai; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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cbgumaste wrote:
Waiting the Government of India to Understand the Sentiments
And Implement This in Word and Spirit

Indian Parliament Resolution
November 14, 1962
“This House notes with deep regret that, in spite of the
uniform gestures of goodwill and friendship by India
towards the People’s Government of China on the basis of
recognition of each other’s independence, non-aggression
and non-interference, and peaceful co-existence, China
has betrayed this good-will and friendship and the principles
of Panchsheel which had been agreed to between the two
countries and has committed aggression and initiated a
massive invasion of India by her armed forces.’
“This House places on record its high appreciation of the
valiant struggle of men and officers of our armed forces
while defending our frontiers and pays its respectful homage
to the martyrs who have laid down their lives in defending
the honour and integrity of our motherland.’
“This House also records its profound appreciation of the
wonderful and spontaneous response of the people of India
to the emergency and the crisis that has resulted from
China’s invasion of India.
“It notes with deep gratitude this mighty upsurge amongst
all sections of our people for harnessing all our resources
towards the organisation of an all-out effort to meet this
grave national emergency. The flame of liberty and sacrifice
has been kindled anew and a fresh dedication has taken
place to the cause of India’s freedom and integrity.
“This House gratefully acknowledges the sympathy and the
moral and material support received from a large number
of friendly countries in this grim hour of our struggle against
aggression and invasion.
“With hope and faith, this House affirms the firm resolve
of the Indian people to drive out the aggressor from the
sacred soil of India, however long and hard the struggle
may be.”

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