Itanagar, Apr 26: Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering has pleaded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the Stapled Visa issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the country on April 27 next for an informal summit. The Congress MP from Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency in a letter to the Prime Minister on Wednesday said, “The issue of China providing stapled visa to people of Arunachal Pradesh is not new and must be brought to their attention tactfully. The Government of India must asset the territorial integrity of India and conveys the feelings of the people of Arunachal in a firm manner.”
While welcoming the move for a positive dialogue with China, Ering in his letter said that dialogues are the best way to bring peaceful and meaningful solutions to myriad complex problems.
“At many instances in recent time, Chinese troops have tried to enter into Arunachal Pradesh and build roads, recently in Bising village of Tuting subdivision. You must protest against such incidents and ask China to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of India for a peaceful co-existence, as envisaged in historical Panchsheel agreement,” Ering suggested in the letter.
He said, a few months back, the Siang River which is the lifeline of the state turned black due to ill-intent projects and diversion of waters of Brahmaputra river by the Chinese authorities.
“The focus of the government must be on negotiating a water treaty with China for the sustainable development of the region. It will help the north-eastern states of India to have their natural right of clean and continuous water,” the MP said.
“Since the NDA government is guided by ‘Panchamri’ principles of foreign policy. I urged you to take up the issues with Chinese President and stand up to the hopes and aspirations of the people of Arunachal Pradesh which, will truly help the people to reclaim “samman” (dignity), “samvad” (dialogue), “samriddhi” (shared prosperity), “suraksha” (regional and global security) and “sanskriti evam sabhayata” (cultural and civilization links),” he added.