Beijing, Jan 17 (PTI): China today said its policy that Arunachal Pradesh is a "disputed area" remains "unchanged", days after it issued stapled visas to two Indian sportsmen from the State which it claims as "Southern Tibet".
"China's position is consistent and clear about the China-India border issue including the disputed area of Eastern section and the Indian side is aware of it. The position has remained unchanged," the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman's office told PTI here.
Eastern section of the India-China border covers the Arunachal sector which is part of the dialogue mechanism to resolve it. India and China have so far held 14 rounds of talks without much of success.
The Foreign Ministry issued the clarification today to a question asked last week over the controversy of issuing stapled visas to two Indian sportsmen from Arunachal to take part in the Weightlifting Grand Prix at Fujian province.