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China Objected to Home Minister Amit Shah’s Visit to Arunachal Pradesh

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China has objected to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on Thursday on the occasion of Arunachal Pradesh’s foundation day. The Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that their visit violated Beijing’s territorial sovereignty and sabotaged mutual political trust. China said it strongly opposed his visit. Home Minister Amit Shah is in Arunachal Pradesh to participate in the program organized on the occasion of the 34th Foundation Day of the state.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as a part of South Tibet and has objected to the visit of any leader of India to this northeastern state. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told online media here in response to a question that China’s opinion about the eastern side of the China-India border or the southern part of China’s Tibet region is absolutely clear and unchanged.

He said that, “The Chinese government never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and opposed the Indian politicians visit to the southern part of China’s Tibetan region as it violated China’s territorial sovereignty, reducing the stability of the border areas, sabotaged mutual political trust and violated the relevant bilateral agreement.”

The spokesman said that the Chinese side appealed to the Indian side to take concrete action to stop any such action which further complicates the border issue and to maintain peace in the border region. Significantly, there is an India-China border dispute up to the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet and there have been 22 rounds of talks with special representatives to resolve the border dispute between the two countries.