US Senate committee passes resolution recognizing Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of India

The Northeast Dialogue

On July 13, the United States Congressional Senatorial Committee passed a resolution recognizing Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of India. US Senate committee passes resolution affirming Arunachal Pradesh as integral part of India

The legislation reaffirms that the US recognizes the McMahon Line as the international boundary between China and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It refused China's claims that large portions of Arunachal Pradesh are their territory, which is a part of the PRC's increasingly aggressive and expansionist policies. The resolution will now proceed to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Senator Merkley, Co-Chair of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, emphasized the need for the United States to stand by its values and strengthen relationships with like-minded international partners. Senator Hagerty stressed the importance of supporting strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly India and other Quad countries, in pushing back against China’s territorial ambitions.

As tensions escalate between India and China over their shared border, Senator Cornyn highlighted the need for the United States to defend democracy and support a free and open Indo-Pacific. The resolution reaffirms the United States’ recognition of Arunachal Pradesh as part of the Republic of India.

China refers to Arunachal Pradesh as Zangnan and claims it as South Tibet. However, India's External Affairs Ministry firmly rejects the bogus claim and asserts that Arunachal Pradesh is an inseparable part of India, territorially and historically. Surprisingly, China routinely protests visits of top Indian leaders and officials to Arunachal Pradesh in a vain effort to assert its claim over the region.


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