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Modi remarks on Arunachal won’t hurt Sino-Indian ties

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s remarks on Arunachal Pradesh would not impact India-China relations, Communist Party-backed daily Global Times has said.

A news website report quoted staff writer Yu Jincui’s article as saying, ‘Future bilateral relations won’t be affected a lot due to changes in leadership. There is no need to exaggerate the significance of Modi’s remarks.’

Modi recently asked China to ‘leave behind its mindset of expansion’. He said India would not concede one inch of land from northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh to China, which claims the state as its own. The remarks caused some surprises because Modi has often praised China’s economic development.

Modi made the remarks in Arunachal Pradesh two days before the sixth China-India annual defense dialogue, which agreed on Monday the two countries would maintain peace and tranquility on the borders.

The article described Arunachal Pradesh as ‘the South Tibet region which is claimed by India as its territory’ and said India’s political parties will tend to show their muscle against China during the ongoing election campaign.

‘The 2009 election also saw PM Manmohan Singh and finance minister P Chidambaram making China a political issue,’ the article said.
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