China protests PM Arunachal visit, In­dia says state an ‘in­alien­able’ part

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China on Satur­day “firmly op­posed” Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, as­sert­ing that it has never recog­nised the sen­si­tive bor­der state and the In­dian lead­er­ship should re­frain from any ac­tion that may “com­pli­cate the bound­ary ques­tion”.

PM on Modi Satur­day in­au­gu­rated and laid foun­da­tion stone of projects in Arunachal Pradesh worth over ~4,000 crore and said his gov­ern­ment was giv­ing a lot of im­por­tance to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity in the bor­der state.

Modi said his gov­ern­ment was giv­ing im­por­tance to im­prove the high­way, rail­way, air­way and power sit­u­a­tion in Arunachal Pradesh, which was ne­glected by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments.

In New Delhi, Union min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs re­acted sharply to China’s re­marks, say­ing that the state of Arunachal Pradesh was an “in­te­gral and in­alien­able part” of In­dia. “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,” the MEA spokesper­son said in a state­ment.

Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing 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.” “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... and re­frain from any ac­tion that may lead to the es­ca­la­tion of dis­putes or com­pli­cate the bound­ary ques­tion,” she said re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on PM Modi’s visit to the state.

Hua Chun­y­ing

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