NewsChina reasserts claims on India's Arunachal Pradesh, tensions rise

China reasserts claims on India's Arunachal Pradesh, tensions rise

Beijing reiterated territorial claims regarding the region in northeastern India, Arunachal Pradesh. Illustrative photo.
Beijing reiterated territorial claims regarding the region in northeastern India, Arunachal Pradesh. Illustrative photo.
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6:38 AM EDT, March 30, 2024

Beijing has revisited its territorial claims over Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India, labeling the area as part of Zangnan or Southern Tibet. A Beijing official emphasized that "this territory has belonged to China since ancient times," while also criticizing Washington for siding with New Delhi and "provoking disputes".

A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Defense emphasized the nation's claims to Arunachal Pradesh, as reported by American Newsweek. "Zangnan, historically a part of China, is an undeniable truth," stated Colonel Wu Qian, the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Defense.

The contention over Arunachal Pradesh, which China refers to as Zangnan or Southern Tibet, stems from deep-rooted historical disputes between Beijing and New Delhi. The nations experienced a brief but intense conflict over this territory in the 1960s. China has since altered the region's designation on its official maps and grants unique visas to the inhabitants.

The United States affirms support for India amidst disputes

The United States has acknowledged Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory, as reported by Reuters on March 20. The US State Department expressed opposition to any attempts at unilaterally asserting territorial claims over India's northeastern state, which shares its borders with China.

During a recent statement, the Chinese spokesperson criticized Washington's stance, accusing the Americans of "provoking disputes". "The United States has a notorious reputation for stirring disputes with other nations while chasing its own selfish gains. This is well recognized by the international community," mentioned the official as reported by Newsweek.

China and India hold established mechanisms for border negotiations and communication channels, and both nations are equipped and willing to address the border dispute amicably through dialogue and consultations, highlighted Wu Qian, as quoted by Chinese state channel CGTN.

Source: Newsweek.com, Reuters, CGTN

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