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China 'strongly' protests PM's visit to Arunachal Pradesh

Ten days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed an election rally in Arunachal Pradesh, China expressed "strong" dissatisfaction over his visit to the disputed region.

world Updated: Oct 13, 2009 14:42 IST

Ten days after the event, China on Tuesday expressed "strong" dissatisfaction over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh during electioneering.

"We demand the Indian side address China's serious concerns and not trigger disturbance in the disputed region so as to facilitate the healthy development of China-India relations," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

"China is strongly dissatisfied with the visit to the disputed region by the Indian leader disregarding China's
serious concerns," Ma said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

He noted that China and India had "never officially settled" demarcation of their border, and China's stance on
the eastern section of the China-India border was "consistent and clear-cut".

Singh had toured and addressed an election rally in Arunachal Pradesh on October 3.

Recently, China had blocked part of a loan to India from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for developmental projects in
Arunachal Pradesh. China also protested a visit to the state last month by exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama.

India says China is illegally occupying 43,180 sq kms of Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand, China accuses India
of possessing some 90,000 sq km of Chinese territory, mostly in Arunachal Pradesh.