China raised objections to PM Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh in the response, the Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday reacted sharply to Beijing’s remarks, asserting that the northeastern state is an “integral and inalienable part” of India.
“The State of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India,” the MEA said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, while responding to a question on Modi’s visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China is “firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary.”
“China’s position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’,” Chunying said in her reaction posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website.