Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

China objects to PM’s Arunachal visit; state an integral part, says India

China objects to PM’s Arunachal visit; state an integral part, says India

He will lay the foundation stone of Green Field Airport at Hollongi and Inaugurate a Retrofitted Airport at Tezu. the Prime Minister will also Dedicate 110 MW Pare Hydro Electric Plant to the Nation besides Inauguration of 50 Health and Wellness Centres across Arunachal Pradesh.

PM Modi is now at the event in Itanagar where he has inaugurated a number of projects for the development of the northeastern region.

The Foreign Ministry has reiterated that the Chinese government has never recognized the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the area.

In response to a question on Modi's visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut. This consistent position has been conveyed to Chinese side on several occasions", news agency ANI quoted MEA as saying.

After a few hours, Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar responded that Arunachal Pradesh is "an integral and inalienable part of India".

Earlier in the day, China said that it has never recognised the sensitive border state and that the Indian leadership should refrain from any action that may "complicate the boundary question".

The ambitious greenfield airport project in the state has been pending for several years due to controversies over site selection, they said.

He also dedicated new DD Channel for Arunachal Pradesh - DD Arun Prabha at IG Park, Itanagar & laid a foundation stone for a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote, Arunachal Pradesh.

However, in April 2018, there seemed to be an effort to improve bilateral ties when Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met.

In 2017, the two Asian giants were involved in a high-altitude standoff in Bhutan's Doklam region after the Indian army sent troops to stop the construction of a military road by China.

India-China ties have remained mired in mutual suspicion mainly due to an unsettled border, a legacy of their 1962 war that went badly for India.

The two leaders had met in the Chinese city of Wuhan for an informal summit in April a year ago, where they had agreed to provide "strategic guidance" to their respective militaries to avoid the recurring of Doklam-like incidents.

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