Gandhinagar: China needs to come to the discussion table to resolve the longstanding border dispute on Arunachal Pradesh, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V K Singh said on Friday. “We are having a border dispute with China about Arunachal Pradesh. It doesn’t become their region by merely putting claim on it. To resolve the issue, they need to come to the discussion table. India and China may discuss this issue in the upcoming meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ahmedabad on September 17,” Singh told reporters here. However, he claimed ignorance about whether India will discuss the border dispute in the meeting. “I have absolutely no idea about whether it is in the agenda of the meeting (or not),” Singh said.

The two nations have differing perceptions of the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control. Recently, China had released a new map, showing Arunachal Pradesh as its own, stirring up a new controversy.

The minister was here for a seminar on ‘India’s foreign relations – South East Asia and Indian Ocean’, organised at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). Queried on who, in his opinion, was India’s friend and who was the enemy (between China and Pakistan), Singh said, “both China and Pakistan are our neighbours and it is upon us on how we bring that relationship ahead.” Welcoming the visit of the Chinese President, he said, “This is a very good initiative by our government. Earlier, their foreign minister visited India and now the president is coming here. However, the outcome of this meeting will be known only after it gets over.”

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