Itanagar/Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. China has registered protest against this visit. The Chinese foreign ministry has claimed that these visits by the Indian leaders to Arunachal Pradesh, will further complicate the border dispute between the two countries. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has also said that the issue will be raised politically with India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a visit to Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. The Prime Minister inaugurated the ‘Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre’ and the State Civil Secretariat Building in Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Prime Minister Modi also laid the foundation stone for a medical college. The name of the ‘Delhi to Naharlagun Superfast Express’ has been changed to ‘Arunachal Express’ and the Prime Minister also announced an increase in the frequency of the train.
The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu has prepared a scheme for a make over of Arunachal Pradesh by 2027, which was praised by Prime Minister Modi.
China has lodged a strong protest against the visit by Prime Minister Modi to Arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Geng Shuang, said that China has still not approved Arunachal Pradesh and is opposed to visits by the Indian leaders to this disputed territory. The Chinese stand on Arunachal Pradesh is clear. Negotiations are on between the two countries to resolve the issue. India should honour this and respect the conditions decided in the negotiations or else it will complicate the border dispute between the two countries, said Shuang.
China refers to Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet. China had in the past, objected to the visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the other leaders. Defence Minister Sitaraman had visited Arunachal Pradesh, just two months back. China had lodged a protest against that too. But, India did not pay any heed to the Chinese objections. India has repeatedly warned China that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and there are no negotiations possible about that.