Beijing: China said on Monday that it has never recognized “the so-called Arunachal Pradesh illegally occupied 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.
In response to a question about the five civilians who disappeared from Arunachal Pradesh a few days ago, he said: “As for the specific situation, you mentioned that I don’t know now.”
Since the 1962 war, Chinese and Indian soldiers have recently had the most serious border conflict, in which up to 20 Indian soldiers died.
Beijing blamed the incident on New Delhi, 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, which the two countries call the “line of actual control”, extending 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.