Mamata relents on Teesta deal and Land Boundary Agreement
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has told Bangladesh that breakthroughs will be achieved in the Teesta water-sharing deal and the Land Boundary Agreement, which have been hanging fire since she blocked them four years ago.
- The Chief Minister visited Dhaka with 39 people, mostly from West Bengal’s cultural fraternity and including two Ministers and big businessmen.
Issue of Teesta water sharing
Land Boundary Agreement
China protested Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh
- For the second successive day, China has protested Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh on February 20, calling the journey a breach of consensus that had been reached between the two countries on the boundary issue.
- The Xinhua report said that Mr. Modi visited a “disputed zone in the eastern part of China-India borders” to participate in activities marking the founding of the so-called “Arunachal Pradesh,” a State that Indian authorities “illegally and unilaterally declared in 1987.”
- “The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. She said China’s stance on the “disputed area on the eastern part of the China-India border is consistent and clear.” According to Xinhua, the “so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ was established largely on the three areas of China’s Tibet — Monyul, Loyul and Lower Tsayul — currently under Indian illegal occupation. These three areas, located between the illegal “Mcmahon Line” and the traditional customary boundary between China and India, have always been Chinese territory.
- “In 1914, the colonialists secretly contrived the illegal “Mcmahon Line” in an attempt to incorporate into India the above-mentioned three areas of Chinese territory. None of the successive Chinese governments have ever recognised this line. In February 1987, Indian authorities declared the founding of the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh.’”