New Delhi: India raised the pitch of an increasingly testy row with China over disputed border areas on Wednesday, warning Beijing about its involvement in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
“The Chinese side is fully aware of India’s position and our concerns about Chinese activities,” foreign ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said in response to a Chinese statement that it would remain engaged in Pakistan.
Border dispute: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. India and China traded diplomatic barbs on Tuesday over Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh on 3 October. Saurabh Das / AP
“We hope that the Chinese side will take a long-term view of the India-China relations and cease such activities in areas illegally occupied by Pakistan,” Prakash said.
India and China traded diplomatic jabs on Tuesday over a recent visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Arunachal Pradesh, which is at the core of a long-standing dispute between the neighbours.
Singh had visited Arunachal Pradesh on 3 October to campaign ahead of state assembly elections, but refrained from saying anything on China or the border dispute.
Last month, China offered financial help to Pakistan to build a multi-billion dollar dam in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which led New Delhi to complain to Islamabad.
The planned $12.6 billion (Rs58,212 crore) Diamir-Bhasha dam on the Indus river in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is set to produce 4,500MW of power, aimed at overcoming major electricity shortages in the region.