China's Objection To PM Modi's Arunachal Pradesh Visit Dismissed By India

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China's Objection To PM Modi's Arunachal Pradesh Visit Dismissed By India 

New Delhi: The government reiterated its stand and said that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India, after China objected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the northeastern state today.

The Foreign Ministry stated, "The state of Arunachal Pradesh is 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 ministry's statement added.

PM Modi, today inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects in Arunachal Pradesh worth more than Rs. 4,000 crore and said the centre was giving a lot of importance to improve connectivity in the state. 

China reacting to the visit of Prime Minister and asserted that it has never recognized the sensitive border state and India should refrain from any action that may "complicate the boundary question". The visit by Indian leaders foreign dignitaries to the state has been repeatedly slammed by China as it claims that the state is part of South Tibet and its own. 

"China's position on the Sino-Indian border issue is consistent and clear. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and resolutely opposes the activities of Indian leaders to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing.

"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 momentum of improvement in bilateral relations, and refrain from any action that may lead to the escalation of disputes or complicate the boundary question," the Chinese spokesperson added.

Such actions would also hurt the progress made by both sides, China said, especially after the path-breaking meet between PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan last year.

So far, India and China have held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute over Arunachal.

3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) is under the India-China border dispute . China routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand.

China was also infuriated by the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, in 2017, prompting it to rename some towns in the northeastern state.