China warns India against setting up new border posts in Arunachal

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New Delhi, Oct 28: China on Monday warned India against complicating or exaggerating the controversial boundary issue between the two countries after New Delhi planned to build 54 new border posts in Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast on Octover 24.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told PTI via email that Bejing's position on the boundary issue is consistent and clear. He said Beijing was committed to find a solution to the boundary issue through friendly talks at the earliest and sought safeguarding peace.

Hua, however, expressed hope that New Delhi would not take any action that might "complicate or exaggerate" the boundary question.

On October 15, the Chinese had objected to India's plans to set up a 2,000-km road along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese had refused to acknowledge Arunachal as a part of India, sparking off tension in the bilateral relation.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh later responded to the Chinese, saying nobody could threaten or warn India which has grown in strength. He said both countries would resolve the border issue through dialogue.

In September, India and China agreed to withdraw troops stationed against each other in Ladakh, ending the biggest border face-off in a year.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju denied any incursion by the China's People's Liberation Army in Taksing area of Arunachal Pradesh recently.

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