China upset by Modi’s visit to airport site in Arunachal Pradesh

China condemns Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh

China condemns Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh

In response, the official spokesperson at India's foreign ministry said in a statement that Arunachal Pradesh was "an integral and inalienable part of India".

"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border".

"China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut", he added.

India should "take into consideration the two countries' relations, respect Chinese interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations, and not take any actions that will complicate the border dispute", she said.

The Government of India (GoI) on Saturday rubbished China's objection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Arunachal Pradesh visit and reiterated that the "state of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India".

Earlier in February past year, China had voiced its "firm opposition" to the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Arunachal Pradesh, saying that it would lodge a diplomatic protest with India.

Addressing a massive gathering of supporters on the occasion, the PM said that an additional Rs 13,000 crore worth of projects for the northeastern state are in the pipeline.

Modi laid the foundation stone for construction of greenfield Airport at Hollongi and inaugurated a retrofitted airport at Tezu in Lohit district through a remote.

Itanagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu at the inauguration of several development projects, in Itanagar, Saturday, Feb 9, 2019.

The exchange, though it has happened in the past, is noteworthy as it comes after efforts to thaw ties and rebuild trust between Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping in Wuhan a year ago. The Wuhan meeting was aimed at stabilising relations rocked by a 73-day-long tense military standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Bhutan's Doklam plateau.

Sending out a strong message to Beijing, the MEA spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, "Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India".

Therefore, Beijing claimed that the action of visiting the disputed state by the Indian PM would impede the progress made by both countries, and escalate the border tensions reported IANS.

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