Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Comments on Indian External Affairs Minister's Recent Viewpoints Related to China

Q: Indian Foreign Minister made a speech the other day, saying that China poses a new strategic and geopolitical challenge to India, and that India would have to develop sophisticated ways to deal with it. Do you have any comment?

A: China's development is peaceful. It's an opportunity rather than challenge to countries in Asia and the rest of the world. Leaders of both countries agree that China and India are partners instead of competitors.

Q: Indian Foreign Minister Mukherjee noted publicly in the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" that "Arunachal Pradesh" is an inalienable part of the territory of India. India will persuade China to open the border trade with the Pradesh. How do you comment on his statement?

A: We express deep regret for the overt remarks of the Indian side regardless of the historical facts. The border between China and India has never been officially delimited. China's position on the eastern part of the border between the two countries is consistent and clear. Not a single Chinese government recognizes the illegal "McMahon Line". The Indian side is well aware of this position. About the Sino-Indian border, China is willing to have peaceful and friendly negotiations with India in the spirit of mutual trust, understanding and mutual accommodation so as to find a fair and reasonable solution acceptable to both.

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