India raps dragon’s Arunachal concern
‘State inalienable part of India; told China many times’
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.”
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