BEIJING: China on Tuesday angrily rejected India’s assertion that Arunachal Pradesh is its integral part, insisting that Beijing never recognised the “illegal” McMahon Line and that the status of the border State was “never officially demarcated.”

Deeply regretting External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s statement that Arunachal Pradesh was part of India, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said New Delhi had not taken the “historical facts” into account.

“We deeply regret the Indian side’s remarks that take no regard of the historical facts,” Mr. Qin said when asked to comment on Mr. Mukherjee’s comments on Sunday in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, that the State was an integral part of India and that China was “aware” of it.

“China and India have never officially settled demarcation of borders, and China’s stance on the eastern section of China-India borders is consistent and clear-cut.”

“The current Chinese government, as well as previous ones, has never recognised the illegal “McMahon Line,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

“India knows this,” Mr. Qin said, referring to the McMahon Line, the demarcation line drawn on map at the Simla Convention in 1914. – PTI

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