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India-China border differences can be resolved: Pranab

Last Updated: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 19:40

London/Beijing: As China frowned on Dalai
Lama`s visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, India today said
border differences between the two countries can be resolved
through dialogue.

A day after the Tibetan spiritual leader rebuffed
China for objecting to his trip to Arunachal Pradesh, Beijing
made no comments but a state-owned paper suggested he had gone
to the border town of Tawang under pressure from India.

The state-run newspaper Global Times quoted a Chinese
analyst as saying that the Dalai Lama went "at this critical
moment probably because of pressure from India".

It went on to say that "the appearance and activities
of the Dalai Lama in southern Tibet may foment anti-China
sentiment among people living in the region".

In London, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee
said the two countries had agreed to resolve border issues
through talks.

"It is true that we have differences with China on
border. But, we have agreed to resolve them through dialogue,"
he told reporters after the G-20 meeting in Scotland.

China, which stakes claim to Tawang and the whole of
Arunachal Pradesh as part of their country, has strongly
objected to the Dalai Lama`s visit.

India has made it clear that Arunachal Pradesh is an
integral part of the country. It has also stated in
unambiguous terms that the Dalai Lama is an honoured guest
and a religious leader who is free to travel anywhere in the

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 19:40
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