New Delhi, Nov 11: Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said India is not concerned with China’s position on Arunachal Pradesh. Sitharaman emphasised that Arunachal Pradesh is an Indian state and she is free to visit it anytime. Her comments come in the wake of China’s objection to her visit to the North-Eastern state on November 5. China had said that her visit was not conducive to peace in the region.
Replying to a question of media persons during campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, Sitharaman said the state remains an Indian territory and she will visit the state. “What is the problem? There is no problem. It is our territory, we will go there. We are not concerned with someone else’s opinion on this,” said Sitharaman.
During her visit, Sitharaman had visited the areas close to China to access Indian Army’s preparedness to counter any aggression. She also met Chinese soldiers across the border. Her “friendly gesture” had earned appreciation from the Chinese media.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be a part of Southern Tibet and routinely objects to top Indian officials’ visit to the area. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China stretches to 3,488 km. As many as 19 rounds of talks have been held by Special Representatives to resolve the dispute.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in 2015 has also irked Chinese Government. “The act of the Indian side is not conducive to properly resolving and controlling disputes between the two sides, nor in conformity with the general situation of growth of bilateral relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying had said.
(With inputs from agencies)