In­dia raps dragon’s Arunachal con­cern

‘State in­alien­able part of In­dia; told China many times’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SECOND FRONT PAGE - Sid­hant Sibal cor­re­spon­[email protected]­

New Delhi: In­dia has slammed China on its com­ment on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s Arunachal visit and has re­it­er­ated that the “State of Arunachal Pradesh is an in­te­gral and in­alien­able part of In­dia”.

Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs spokesper­son Raveesh Ku­mar said: “In­dian lead­ers visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of In­dia. This con­sis­tent po­si­tion has been con­veyed to the Chi­nese side on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.”

China had strongly re­acted to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Arunachal Pradesh visit, call­ing on the In­dian side to “cher­ish the mo­men­tum” in ties and “re­frain from ac­tions” that may lead to “es­ca­la­tion of dis­putes”.

In a state­ment on Chi­nese’s for­eign min­istry web­site, Spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing said,” China urges the In­dian side to bear in mind the com­mon in­ter­ests of the two coun­tries, re­spect the in­ter­ests and con­cerns of the Chi­nese side, cher­ish the mo­men­tu­mof im­prove­ment in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, and re­frain from any ac­tion that may lead to the es­ca­la­tion of dis­putes or com­pli­cate the bound­ary ques­tion.”

Hua said: “Chi­nese govt never recog­nised the so­called “Arunachal” and is firmly op­posed to the In­dian leader’s visit to the East Sec­tion of the China-In­dia bound­ary.” and said, “China’s po­si­tion on the Chi­naIn­dia bound­ary ques­tion is con­sis­tent and clear-cut.”

`4,000-cr projects

PM Modi inau­gu­rated and laid stone for projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore and said his gov­ern­ment was giv­ing a lot of im­por­tance to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity in the sen­si­tive bor­der state.

The PM laid the stone for the con­struc­tion of Green­field Air­port at Hol­longi & Sela Tun­nel in Arunachal Pradesh. He also ded­i­cated new DD Chan­nel for Arunachal — DD Arun Prabha at IG Park, Itana­gar & laid stone for a per­ma­nent cam­pus of Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII) at Jote.

Arunachal Pradesh has a lot of po­ten­tial but due to ob­jec­tion of the neigh­bour­ing coun­try (China), for­eign in­vest­ment is not com­ing Pema Khandu, CM, Arunachal Pradesh

PM Modi at an in­au­gu­ra­tion event in Itana­gar, Arunachal on Satur­day—AFP

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