China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet, on Thursday objected to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit there to attend the Statehood Day, saying it violated Beijing’s “territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust”, prompting India to dismiss the claims. Also Read - Article 371 Will Never be Scrapped, Amit Shah Assures Arunachal While China Opposes Shah's Visit on Statehood Day
Shah visited Arunachal Pradesh and attended the 34th Statehood Day function and launched a number of projects related to industry and roads. Also Read - Centre Will Not Touch Article 371 Which Grants Special Provisions to North East: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
In New Delhi, when asked about China’s objection to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India’s consistent position has been that the state is its integral and inalienable part. Also Read - Why Arunachal Pradesh's Penga Teng Tso Should be on Your Bucket List
Objecting to the visit to Arunachal Pradesh by an Indian leader does not stand to reason, he said.
China routinely objects to Indian leaders’ visits to the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its claims over it.
“China’s position on the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, or the southern part of China’s Tibet region, is consistent and clear,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told an online media briefing here on Thursday while replying to a question on Shah’s visit.
“The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian politician’s visit to the southern part of China’s Tibet region as it violated China’s territorial sovereignty, undermined stability of the border area, sabotaged political mutual trust, and violated relevant bilateral agreement,” he said.
“The Chinese side urges the Indian side to stop taking any action that may further complicate the border issue and take concrete actions to uphold peace and tranquillity of the border area,” he said.
The India-China border dispute covers 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet and the two countries have so far held 22 rounds of Special Representatives talks to resolve the border dispute.
Arunachal Pradesh became a full state from a union territory on February 20.