China ‘firmly op­poses’ Modi’s Arunachal visit

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China on Satur­day “firmly op­posed” Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, as­sert­ing it has never recog­nised the sen­si­tive border state, and the In­dian lead­er­ship should re­frain from any ac­tion that may “com­pli­cate the boundary ques­tion”. Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing in re­sponse to a ques­tion on Modi’s visit said, “China’s po­si­tion on the China-In­dia boundary ques­tion is con­sis­tent and clear-cut. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has never recog­nised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh, and is firmly op­posed to the In­dian leader’s visit to the east sec­tion of the China-In­dia boundary.” In New Delhi, the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs re­acted sharply to China’s re­marks, say­ing the Arunachal Pradesh is an “in­te­gral and in­alien­able part” of In­dia.

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