China talks of bartering land in Arunachal Pradesh to settle boundary dispute

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China talks of bartering land in Arunachal Pradesh to settle boundary dispute

China, who has repeatedly maintained that Tawang is an ‘inalienable’ part of Tibet, has refused to make concessions in the Aksai Chin if India remained adamant in its stance in the eastern sector of Arunachal Pradesh.

by: NewsX Bureau
published: March 3, 2017

A top Chinese negotiator has said that India may be able to settle the boundary dispute in the state of Arunachal Pradesh if the two countries engage in the ‘exchange’ of land.

China, who has repeatedly maintained that Tawang is an ‘inalienable’ part of Tibet, has refused to make concessions in the Aksai Chin if India remained adamant in its stance in the eastern sector of Arunachal Pradesh.

Dai Bingguo, China’s respected negotiator who retired in 2003, said that India could solve the border dispute between the two countries by eradicating China’a concern in the eastern sector. A settlement between the two will include the 38,000 sq km China holds in Aksai Chin and the 90,000 sq km China believes India holds in Arunachal Pradesh.

“The disputed territory in the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, including Tawang, is alienable from China’s Tibet in terms of cultural background and administrative jurisdiction,” Dai was quoted as saying by a Beijing-based China-India Dialogue magazine.

“China and India are now standing in front of the gate towards a final settlement,” he said. “The gate is a framework solution based on meaningful and mutually accepted adjustments. Now, the Indian side holds the key to the gate.”

Last April, the 19th round of talks was held between Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and State Councillor Yang Jiechi in Beijing.

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