96 pc Chinese against 'frequent' Indian visits


An online poll conducted on Tuesday by ‘huanqiu.com’, the website of The Global Times’ Chinese edition, showed that an overwhelmingly majority of users were against the visits.

“About 96 per cent of the over 6,000 respondents agreed that they felt agitated by the frequent visits by Indian leaders to the disputed area, while about 2 per cent disagreed and 2 per cent said they didn’t care,” said the paper, a sister publication of the Communist Party mouthpiece, People’s Daily.

The paper’s rather unusual step of carrying out an online survey came a day after China again raked up its claim over Arunachal Pradesh, questioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit there on October 3.

Meanwhile, commenting on Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Ma Jiali, a senior researcher on South Asia at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said that as a head of government, it sets “bad precedents.”

“The repeated visits by Indian leaders can make others believe the area is part of India and solidify the existing strategies they have applied to control the area, such as using administrative jurisdiction in the area and courting sympathy from the international community,” Ma was quoted as saying by the paper.

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