The BJP on Monday said the Centre should lodge a strong protest with Beijing over China's stand on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's last month's visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
"It (Chinese remark) was very unfortunate. The government should strongly protest it," BJP president Rajnath Singh said, claiming that during the tenure of NDA government, India occupied an important position in the global arena.
"But now under the UPA regime, some countries, including China, are not giving importance to India," Singh, who came to Dimapur in connection with BJP's election campaign in Nagaland, told PTI.
He pointed out that it was unfortunate that China reacted to the prime minister's Arunachal Pradesh visit only a fortnight after Manmohan Singh's high-level visit to Beijing.
Referring to the growing threat of terrorism and mushrooming of sleeper cells across the country, the BJP chief accused the Congress-led UPA government of being soft on this problem as well on infiltration issue.
Illegal migrants from across the border have threatened not only the demographic profiles of the northeastern states but many parts of India, Singh said.