China, India spar over disputed border

NEW DELHI/SHANGHAI Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:27am EST

China's President Xi Jinping (R) talks with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Peng Sun/Pool

China's President Xi Jinping (R) talks with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing October 23, 2013.

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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 the Indian president toured a disputed region 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 Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the state of 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 favorably 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 neighbors 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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Comments (6)
Arrows wrote:
Chinese land grabbers are thinking that it is the path to being called global powers and the qualification is to grab neighbor’s land. They are mistaken and this abrasive defense and foreign policy will not benefit China. If it thinks that others countries are subservient to them they will find themselves in a isolated zone.

Nov 30, 2013 9:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mehtasaab2 wrote:
It is nothing new for China, China wants to grab all land from all neighbouring countries. It is testing water. India shoul reply China,
India should learn from Israel. Do not give an inch of land to China.

Nov 30, 2013 1:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mehtasaab2 wrote:
India should be tough against China. China is just testing water before grabing land from India. China need India for billions for millions of dollars of Export. China is not stupid, China wants to be super power, but China does not to solve diplomatically.

Nov 30, 2013 1:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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