China objects to Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India dismisses remark

China objects to Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India dismisses remark

China objects to Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India dismisses remark

India and China were engaged in an exchange of words on Saturday over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh state, a region that China claims as part of its territory.

Noted at previous news briefings, the ministry believed China and India can handle various border affairs through a relevant mechanism as the pair has established a mature management mechanism for border-related issues.

China said it "resolutely opposes" activities of Indian leaders in the region.

China has expressed its opposition to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed region on the border between the two countries, where he laid the foundation stone for a new airport.

In 2010, India dropped Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim from a World Bank loan proposal to avoid running into Chinese objections over multilateral financial aid to projects in the border areas, an official told PTI on condition of anonymity. "This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions", the MEA spokesperson said in a statement.

China had strongly reacted to Prime Minister's Arunachal Pradesh Visit calling on the Indian side to "cherish the momentum" in ties and "refrain from actions" that may lead to "escalation of disputes". As Arunachal Pradesh only states in the country which doesn't have a full-fledged airport.

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"China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut", he added.

PM Modi, who is on a two-day tour of the Northeast, is holding public meetings in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Despite positive public overtures from the Indian leadership, visits of Indian leaders to Arunachal Pradesh have continued to raise hackles in Beijing.

The Indo-Sino border dispute covers the 3,488km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Although military leaders from the two sides held a meeting on Wednesday to debate the issue, according to a report by the English-language newspaper India Today, the dispute has sparked concerns that they might be heading for a repeat of their 73-day stand-off on the Doklam plateau in the summer of 2017.

The exchange, though it has happened in the past, is noteworthy as it comes after efforts to thaw ties and rebuild trust between Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping in Wuhan a year ago.

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