India not intimidated by China: Preneet Kaur

India not intimidated by China: Preneet Kaur

Preneet Kaur

"We are not intimidated by China. I think we are very confident of our own strength but certainly we are very confident that this issue can be settled by talks," Kaur, who is on an official visit to New York, said.

"There has been a lot of media hype created over what the Chinese are doing," she added. Kaur vehemently denied, recent allegations, that India's leaders were appeasing China by insisting not reacting more strongly to escalation in tensions. "We have a good enough relationship to be able to sort all this out across the table, which is carrying on," she told journalists.

Responding to reports that Beijing is projecting Jammu and Kashmir as a separate country in maps and media kits, the senior politician from Patiala, declared, "There never has been any question of our giving up our sovereign right on Kashmir, there is no question of our giving up our sovereign right on Arunachal Pradesh."

"The prime minsters have reiterated, the foreign minister has reiterated that these our integral parts of India and will remain so," she added.

Earlier this month, China protested against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, and is pressuring India to scrap next month’s trip of the spiritual leader Dalai Lama to the state.

An editorial in, People’s Daily, slammed New Delhi for being obsessed with a "superpower" status and turning "a blind eye to the concessions China had repeatedly made over the disputed border issues."

Earlier this week, Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor also told reporters here that disagreement between the two countries should not be "blown out of proportion."

"I think it’s important that everyone scale down a little bit the temperature. "It’s not as if there is any substantive reason for hostilities between our countries," he said, on the last leg of his trip to New York.

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