US envoy attends Tawang festival in Arunachal, may irk China

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is also expected to join the Tawang Festival on Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 22, 2016 12:48 pm
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United States Ambassador to India Richard Verma on Friday expressed his gratitude to the people of Arunachal Pradesh for their “hospitality” during the three-day Tawang festival that began on Friday. Verma posted a photograph with Arunachal CM Pema Khandu and Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal on Twitter. He also wrote, “Stunning mountains & wonderful people. Terrific visit to #ArunachalPradesh for the #TawangFestival. Thank you Tawang for the hospitality.”

Tawang, which is CM Khandu’s hometown, is situated at 3,000 metres above sea level in the Eastern Himalayas, right on the China border. There have been multiple disputes between India and China over the eastern section of the boundary. Earlier in May, Craig L Hall, US Consul General in Kolkata had said that the US considers Arunachal Pradesh an integral part of India countering China’s claims that the Indian state is a part of southern Tibet.

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The Chinese foreign ministry had strongly reacted to the statement saying, “China and India are wise and capable enough to deal with their own issue and safeguard the fundamental and long-term interests of the two peoples. The intervention of any third party will only complicate the issue and is highly irresponsible.” According to reports, Khandu also announced that Dalai Lama would visit the state in March next year. In 2009, when the Tibetan spiritual head had given his consent to visit Arunachal, China had raised strong objections to it.

In one way, Verma’s visit to Tawang could be as a tourist. Or it can even be seen as an effort to show that the US backs India’s assertion. Indian political leaders used social media to share pictures from the Tawang festival subtly conveying their own message to the neighbouring country. CM Sonowal shared pictures of the festival on Twitter adding that Tawang symbolised the “tremendous potentialities of #NorthEast India.” He also said that he had a brief meeting with the US envoy over breakfast. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is also expected to join the Tawang Festival on Saturday. Rijiju had earlier said that “Himalaya is the crown of India & Tawang is the jewel in the crown.”

CM Khandu also shared photographs from his visit at the Tawang War Memorial. Paying homage to “martyred jawans in 1962 Indo-China conflict” he said, “Civilian-Army relation in Tawang has always been harmonious.” Khandu also posted updates of inauguration of schools and upgradation of the district hospital. He also thanked the US envoy for making the festival “a global event.”

“America makes it’s presence in Tawang festival. Thank u Mr Richard Verma for making the festival a global event by ur presence,” Khandu tweeted.

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    Bharat
    Oct 22, 2016 at 8:48 am
    It's Indian land - why sow doubt with useless headline - all Indians and its guests can go there
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      Kathir
      Oct 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm
      Mr.Rajaneni Hr are you dreaming after your lunch? UK,France and United States are far away from China. Without United States ,France and UK can not move towards China and India is a dust pin for China.One kick from northern part of India and another kick of stan from the western part of Part of India It will be too late to stop the Chinese army and tanks.lt;br/gt;Now the US envoy is in ARUNACHALEM PROVINCE ON THE advise of Unites State to provocate China. unfortunately Indian Prime Minister is unable to understand the real motive of this sudden visit of US envoy to hurt china.
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        Raj
        Oct 22, 2016 at 9:09 am
        I think with Philippines joining China, India is a key multiplier for US in South China Sea. China does not think long term (as much as it would like people to think). If they were sensible, they would solve all disputes with India, Arunachal folks don't even want to join China in the first place. Just formalize border and that's it. India and China do not have any quarrel at all. Firstly Tibet was not China anyways (Arunachal) and neither was Xinjiang (Kashmir), less than 6% of its potion leave there - so why do they wish to make India an enemy is beyond me. Just settle the boundary and your western borders will be safe with India posing no problems! Focus on South China Sea and beyond after that - simple. It is such a big country, not sure why do they need Kashmir and Arunachal. It wasn't even part of their consution too! Just pointless bravado and short term sight.
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          Raj
          Oct 22, 2016 at 9:59 am
          Just boycott their products - this way, India will support their economy and punish the Chinese in a way they best understand.
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            Sundar BN
            Oct 22, 2016 at 11:22 am
            If it irks them then they can always use tiger balm and ginseng and be happy
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            Nabarun
            Oct 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm
            By issuing statements like this in news papers we actually reveal our weakness.
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              DURAI
              Oct 22, 2016 at 9:51 am
              As hi said: There is enough for everyone's need but not enough for even a single person's greed!!! China is the most rapacious and predatory nation on earth. So, the answer to your query is simple: IT IS GREED OF THE CHINESE ASURAS FOR MORE LAND !!!
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                Sriniwasan
                Oct 22, 2016 at 9:12 am
                Even the Chinese FO would have ignored but for the instigation by the Indian Media.GOI says Arunachal Pradesh is an Indian State and yet Media inserts a mischievous headline,US envoy visit may irk China.(words visit,may)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In the name of Media freedom and autonomy things are going a bit too far.Time to take the Express News Desk reporter and Editor to task
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