Guwahati/Itanagar, August 8: A news portal controlled by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) has dropped an article that stated that Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian state and not part of the south Tibet, as is claimed by China.
The article was written by an Indian journalist named Zeeshan Shaikh who is visiting Beijing as part of a Chinese government fellowship, as per media reports.
As per media reports, the article titled ‘India’s old age population hits an all-time high since independence’, was carried by en.people.cn – People’s Daily’s English portal. The news portal is a mouthpiece of the CPC.
The article, posted on the website on August 3, stated: “The state with the least old age people is Arunachal Pradesh, with only 4.6 per cent of its population above the age of 60. It is followed by Meghalaya at 4.7 per cent”.
This report was pulled down from the website. However, one can still read the article via its google cache.
It may be noted that China has never acknowledged the existence of Arunachal Pradesh. China maintained that Arunachal Pradesh is a disputed region and part of southern Tibet.
“Our position is clear and consistent on the border issue. We never acknowledged the existence of the so-called Arunachal Pradesh,” Geng Shuang, ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) spokesperson had told a media briefing earlier this year.