Our leaders have right to visit Arunachal: India to China’s protest of PM Modi’s visit

PM Modi had visited Arunachal Pradesh on February 15 following which China asked India to refrain from taking any action that may “complicate” the boundary question. China claims the northeastern state as part of south Tibet.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2018 21:36 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

In a strong reaction to China’s objection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Arunachal Pradesh, India Friday said its leaders and people have the right to visit the northeastern state, asserting that it is an integral part of the country.

Modi had on Thursday visited Arunachal Pradesh after which China, which claims the state as part of south Tibet, asked India to refrain from taking any action that may “complicate” the boundary question.

“Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. Our leaders and people have the right to visit Arunachal Pradesh,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters when asked about Chinese objection.

Reacting to Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency that “The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the disputed area.”

The India-China border dispute stretches across 3,488 km. Both sides have held 20 rounds of talks so far through their special representatives to resolve the issue.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 21:36 IST