Rijiju pleads to Prime Minister to defend Arunachal's land

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Itanagar, Jan 9 (UNI) Arunachal MP Kiren Rijiju has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ''come out strongly'' to defend every inch of the state's land from repeated Chinese claims, during his forthcoming visit to the neighbouring country.

In a letter to Dr Singh, a copy of which was made available to the press, Mr Rijiju hoped that the proposed visit to China would enhance the atmosphere of positive bilateral and friendly relations between the nations.

''The repeated claims made by the Chinese government over Arunachal's territory has angered and disturbed the people of this Himalayan state. But the muted and guarded response of the Centre is hardly encouraging,'' he lamented.

While urging the Prime Minister to pursue the Chinese authorities for maintaining status quo of the McMahon Line or the Line of Actual Control without being altered, Mr Rijiju suggested opening up of border trade with China through Kinjomane and Bumla in Tawang district, Taksing in Upper Subansiri, Mechuka and Monigong in West Siang, Geling in Upper Siang and Kibitho in Anjaw district.

''As economic relations shape the political equations between the two nations, the move to open border trade would improve the relations between the peoples of the two nations,'' he added.

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