No map part of pact signed with China: Govt

The Centre today said no map was a part of the agreement signed with China during the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Gujarat.

New Delhi: The Centre today said no map was a part of the agreement signed with China during the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Gujarat.

"The agreements on establishment of sister province relations between Gujarat (India) and Guangdong (China) and establishment of sister city relations between Ahmedabad (India) and Guangzhou (China) have been signed on September 17. It is clarified that there is no map in the signed MoUs," a Home Ministry statement said.

The statement came in the wake of reports of alleged distribution of a handout showing Arunachal Pradesh as "disputed territory" during the Chinese President's visit to Ahmedabad.

"A map was shown at the time of press release intending to show the geographical location of the Chinese city Guangzhou along with some factual details. It was not purported to give any geographical details of Indian territory. The map should not be treated as the approved political map of the country as the dotted areas are integral parts of India," the statement said.

The Congress had attacked the Narendra Modi Government for the alleged distribution of the map during Xi's visit.

"In this MoU, Arunachal Pradesh has been shown as a disputed territory. The Prime Minister should apologise for this major lapse and blunder," Congress general secretary Ajay Maken had said on his blog.

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