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Japanese Foreign Minister’s comments about disputed border prompt Chinese protest

(20 January 2015)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei announced Monday that China had lodged an official protest with the Japanese government regarding comments by the Japanese Foreign Minister about a boundary dispute between India and China. Japanese media sources reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that Arunachal Pradesh, in the contested India-Chinese border region, was “India's territory.”

Lei called on Japan to “make clarifications and immediately eliminate the negative effects that have resulted from this,” adding that the incident revealed that Japan needed to, “understand the sensitivity of the Sino-India boundary issue.” A spokesperson for the Japanese Foreign Ministry could not confirm Kishida’s comments, but added that, “the statement was made considering the reality that Arunachal Pradesh state is basically in reality controlled by India and that China and India are continuing negotiations over the border dispute.”

The comments about the Arunachal Pradesh region occur amidst rising tensions between Japan and China, who have disputed island territories in the East China Sea.

Sources:

China protests over Japan's comments on border dispute with India, 19 January 2015, Reuters, http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/19/china-japan-india-idINKBN0KS0XN20150119

China Is Mad At Japan Over Comments About A Border Dispute With India, 19 January 2015, by Sui-Lee Wee and Antoni Slodlowski, Business Insider, http://uk.businessinsider.com/r-china-protests-over-japans-comments-on-border-dispute-with-india-2015-1?r=US