Arunachal Pradesh CM dismisses controversial map on new China passports

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 10:20 hrs

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has dismissed the controversial maps printed on newly issued Chinese passports, saying that his state is indisputably a part of India.

Tuki was in New Delhi to visit his state's pavilion at the 32nd India International Trade Fair.

"Arunachal Pradesh is ours. Our government has been holding the state for a long period of time. There is no reason for disputing the state," he said.

Tuki also said that he hoped that the Indian Government would communicate its stand to China, while maintaining cordial bilateral relations.

"The Government of India is sincere and honest about its decisions, and there are (good) relations between both countries, the national government is able to express (its views) on the situation there," he said.

India is stamping its own map on visas it issues to holders of new Chinese passports that contain a map depicting disputed territory within China's borders, the latest twist in tension in Asia over China's territorial claims.

China's new microchip-equipped passports contain a map that marks its claims over disputed waters and also show as its territory two Himalayan regions that India also claims.

The map means countries disputing the Chinese claims will have to stamp microchip-equipped passports of countless visitors, in effect acquiescing to the Chinese point of view.

In response, India is issuing visas stamped with its own version of the borders. (ANI)

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