India downplays China map row, says all is well

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New Delhi, Nov 27: National Security Adviser (NSA) Shivshankar Menon on Monday said India had made progress in dealing with the boundary issue problem with China. He said this after Beijing sparked off a controversy by issuing passports showing Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part of China. Also countries like the Philippines and Vietnam were annoyed for the Chinese maps showed Beijing's control over disputed territories in the South China Sea. New Delhi, however, downplayed the issue saying nothing had changed on the ground.

Menon said while the Chinese documents were showing their version of the border, the Indian documents were showing "our version of the boundary". The NSA was speaking on the day when India and China were engaged in their second strategic economic dialogue. He also released a set of books on China studies at the Observer Research Foundation here on Monday.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid described the Chinese position as "unacceptable". Khurshid said both the countries would ensure that their flags of disagreement were put out immediately after something had happened.

Menon said both the neighbours were conducting talks to resolve the boundary dispute. He said both sides were working to agree on a framework to settle the boundary issue before they actually agreed on it.

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