Beijing: China said on Monday that it has never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh that India illegally established on Chinese territory.
“We have never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh illegally established on the Chinese territory,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing.
He said, China’s position on the eastern section of the China and India boundary and China’s Southern Tibet was consistent and clear.
Responding to a question about five civilians who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh days ago, he said, “Regarding the specifics, you mentioned I am not aware of it now.”
Since the 1962 war, Chinese and Indian soldiers have recently had the most serious border conflict, which resulted in the death of as many as 20 Indian soldiers.
China blamed the incident on India, calling the actions of the Indian border forces “infringement and provocation.”
The disputed border covers nearly 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) of the border between the two countries. These two borders are called the Line of Actual Control and extend from Ladakh in the north to the Indian state of Sikkim in the northeast.
Since the early 1990s, the two countries have been trying to resolve border disputes, but without success.