India reacts strongly to Chinese official's comment on PM's Arunachal visit
merisarkar news service
New Delhi, October 13, 2009
India has reacted very strongly to the comments made by Chinese foreign office spokesperson on Dr. Manmohan Singh's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh for electioneering purpose. Chinese official raked the issue exactly on the same day when voting for the assembly election was taking place in Arunachal Pradesh.
India's external affairs ministry said on Tuesday that state of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India.
The ministry further said, "The people of Arunachal Pradesh are citizens of India and are proud participants in India's vibrant democracy."
India said it's a well established practice in our democratic system that our leaders visit the states where elections to parliament and to the state assemblies are taking place.
India said, it is disappointed and concerned by the comments made by Chinese officials to Dr. Manmohan Singh's Arunachal visit.
The official spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry Mr. Vishnu Prakas said in a statement, "We, therefore, express our disappointment and concern over the statement made by the Official Spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since this does not help the process of ongoing negotiations between the two Governments on the Boundary Question."
India said that it is committed to resolving outstanding differences with China in a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable manner, while ensuring that such differences are not allowed to affect the positive development of bilateral relations.
The spokesperson said, "We hope that the Chinese side will similarly abide by this understanding."