Guwahati, February 9, 2019
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Arunachal Pradesh to inaugurate several projects, China’s foreign ministry has expressed their discontentment over the Prime Minister’s visit to the state and said that it “resolutely opposes” activities of “Indian leaders” in the region.
Modi inaugurated development projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on February 9th, 2019. Modi also laid the foundation stone for a greenfield airport, the Hollongi Airport at Itanagar.
China’s foreign ministry in a statement stated, “China urges the Indian side to proceed from the overall situation of bilateral relations, respect China’s interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations between the two countries, and refrain from any actions that intensify disputes and complicate the border issue.”
It may be mentioned, disputes over the Indo-China border, which triggered a war in 1962, and the region that China claims as southern Tibet has remained a sensitive issue.
Ministry of External Affairs stated,” 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… This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions.”