Assert territorial integrity of India before China: Ering urges PM

ITANAGAR, Apr 25: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to China, Member of Parliament (MP) Ninong Ering urged the Indian Premier to assert the territorial integrity of the country and raise the issues concerning the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Modi is scheduled to visit China on 27 and 28 April and will hold informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan city.
The MP from Arunachal Pradesh urged the Indian Premier to take up the issues of staple visa, reported diversion of Siang/Brahmaputra river water and transgression in Arunachal Pradesh.
China issuing stapled visas to people of Arunachal Pradesh intending to visit that country is not a new thing. The issue must be brought to their attention tactfully, said Ering in his letter to the Prime Minister.
He urged Modi to convey the feelings of people of Arunachal Pradesh to China in a firm manner.
“Dialogue is the best way to bring peaceful and meaningful solution to all complex problems,” Ering said.
Citing the example of Chinese transgression in Tuting in December last year, Ering said, “There are many instances of Chinese troops trying to enter into Indian territories in Arunachal Pradesh.
China must be told to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India for a peaceful co-existence, as envisaged in ‘Panchsheel’ agreement.”
Emphasizing the need of water treaty with China, Ering also urged Modi to focus on negotiating a water sharing agreement with China for sustainable development of the region.
“The focus of the Government must be on negotiating a water treaty with China for the sustainable development of the region. It will help the north-eastern states of India to have their natural right of clean and continuous water,” Ering added.