Keep off Arunachal: China to India

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As India announced plans to construct 54 new border posts in Arunachal Pradesh, China cautioned India to refrain from taking any such action that may 'complicate or exaggerate' the boundary issue.

China's position on the boundary question is consistent and clear, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in an e-mail response to the news agency Press Trust of India. China, he said, was committed to finding a solution ‘through friendly negotiation as soon as possible’ and working together to safeguard peace and tranquillity.

But ‘pending the final settlement of the boundary question, we hope the Indian side could refrain from taking any action that may complicate or exaggerate the question,’ Mr Hua said.

Earlier this month, China had objected to India’s move to build a 2000-km road along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.

"Before the border problem is solved, we hope the Indian side will not take any action that could further complicate the relevant issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei had said. "We should jointly safeguard the peace and tranquillity of the border area and create favourable conditions for the final settlement of the border issue," he had added.

In response, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said nobody should ‘threaten or warn India’. "India has grown in strength. Both sides should resolve the border issue through dialogue," he said.

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