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China Again Denies to Recognise McMahon Line
May 28, 2015

Sticking to its stand that McMahon Line on India-China boundary is illegal, China said it is ready to work with India to resolve the vexed border issue at an early date through friendly consultations to create more favourable conditions for bilateral ties. The Chinese side holds a consistent and clear position on the eastern section of the China-India boundary. China reaffirms its claims on Arunachal Pradesh, which it says is a part of Southern Tibet.

  • Reacting to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval's remarks made at the K.F. Rustamji lecture in New Delhi recently, China said, "The Chinese government does not recognise 'the McMahon Line', which is illegal.

  • It is to be noted here that in his address Ajit Doval said, the settlement of the border issue is critical for India-China ties and called for a larger plan for tackling the issue to resolve all contentious matters.

  • Ajit Doval said while ties with China are looking up, we are particularly concerned about the Eastern sector where the claims have been made on Tawang (in Arunachal Pradesh) which is totally in contravention of accepted principles.

  • He also expressed surprise that while McMahon Line was agreed till Myanmar by China, it was not accepted beyond it.

  • India has a very long border with China, a very difficult and mountainous terrain snow-clad and for the cordial bilateral relations border is the critical and vital issue.

  • Cina said it is not easy to resolve the China-India boundary question, as it is an issue left over from history.

♦ The line that was agreed to by Britain and Tibet as part of the 1914 Simla Accord is named after Sir Henry McMahon, foreign secretary of the British-run government of India and the chief negotiator of settling disputes with China.

18 rounds of Special Representative talks between India-China so far to resolve the dispute made some progress, laying a foundation for the continuous and steady growth of China-India relations.

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