Highlights

  • Vice President Venkaiah Nadu visited Arunachal last week
  • China objected to VP Naidu's visit, India hits back at Beijing
  • Govt: Objection to visits to a state of India does not stand to reason.

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The government said that China's objection to visits of Indian leaders to a state of India “does not stand to reason”

China has objected to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh last weekend. Beijing on Wednesday said it "firmly opposed" the visit and asked New Delhi to “stop taking actions that would complicate and expand the boundary issue”.

Within hours, the Ministry of External Affairs rejected Beijing’s statement, saying Arunachal Pradesh is an “integral and inalienable part” of India. The government added that objection to visits of Indian leaders to a state of India “does not stand to reason”.

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China has routinely objected to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh. It has objected to visits in the past by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in 2019, and Home Minister Amit Shah in 2020. Each time, its objection has invited a sharp response from the Indian government.

China claims up to 90,000 sq km in Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector, while India sees China as illegally occupying 38,000 sq km in Aksai Chin in the western sector.

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