Home Minister Amit Shah was on visit to Arunachal Pradesh yesterday. China had firmly opposed Mr. Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, claiming his visit may prove to be a threat to peace and situation, over the border between two countries, may get worse.
Now, India has rejected comments by China over Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying such objections do not change the ground reality. Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always remain an integral and inalienable part of India. Objecting to such visits does not stand to reason and will not change the above reality.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a statement, on Tuesday, “We completely reject the comments made by the Chinese official spokesperson. Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other state of India.”
Our response to media queries regarding Chinese Official Spokesperson’s comments on the recent visit of Home Minister of India to Arunachal Pradesh:https://t.co/9NzmPQBZOD pic.twitter.com/csgI6JuQO3
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) April 11, 2023
The Foreign Ministry’s statement echoed what the Home Minister said at the launch of a village welfare programme in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district, some 11 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and 40 km from the India, China and Myanmar tri-junction.
“Gone are those days when people could encroach into our land. Now, they cannot even take a pin’s tip worth of our land,” Mr. Shah said.