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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                    jayaram reddi
                    Oct 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                    India should call for independence for Tibet.
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                      Bandra
                      Oct 24, 2016 at 11:50 am
                      And what is in the chinese blood-grab everything that does not belong to them- Land, seas and oceans- They are filtering even fish from the oceans and selling it illegally in europe that too off the coast of Africa-In the name of development the are pering the African economies.
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                        Bandra
                        Oct 24, 2016 at 11:42 am
                        The boundary of China historically should end at the great world of China which was built by the chinese to defend themselves- history tells us that- A nation that quotes history should know that all other areas beyond that are foreign land and China is an occupier. These A--s quote history for everything. They are occupying Tibet, Inner Mona,Xinjiang and other areas by force. It is time that the world supports freedom and not self seeking, self enrichment, grabbing policies of the communist Party in China.
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                          BharatK
                          Oct 22, 2016 at 9:02 am
                          Third rate Indian media have to create issues out of non-issues, that is their business. There are hardly any mature and dignified journaists in India today.
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                            anandap
                            Oct 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm
                            No more support and defense of China who is a number one betrayer of India at our border due of its aggression and against India in all international forums. Once upon a time China was pariah for all over world, when India stood for China!
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                              kris kumar
                              Oct 22, 2016 at 10:28 am
                              Greedy and cunning China want to grab more of other countries lands and is always provoking all its neighbours. Chinese are so crafty as they will not resolve the boundaries issues but keep on lingering to keep annoying the neighbours and hoping that the Chinese might make them surrender. If all the nation get together they can free Tibet as well.
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                                Mystore Rom
                                Oct 22, 2016 at 8:40 am
                                Indians love to exaggerate things and never stopped bringing up issues with its neighbors.
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                                  patiala kh
                                  Oct 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm
                                  Actually usa is more than happy to poke China or any other country. Its in their blood.
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                                    rajaneni hr
                                    Oct 22, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                    When Germany became aggressor under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, allied forces had to break Germany into two parts. Time is not far away that China too is divided in to 3 or 4 parts by other powerful forces like US, India, UK, France and Russia.
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                                      Raj
                                      Oct 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                                      For a stani slave, you're letting down your Chinese master appallingly if you can't even spell AP correctly or call it by its Chinese name. I bet you'll be chained and whipped tonight. .
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                                        Raj
                                        Oct 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm
                                        It's spelt 'separation'. Besides, isn't Duterte from the same stock the Chinese used to refer to as 'Pinoy rentboys' not very long ago? Only, it's China that's currently renting him. .
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                                          Raj
                                          Oct 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm
                                          Or use Baba Ramdev's Divya Panchkol Churna. :) .
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                                            Raj
                                            Oct 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm
                                            Yes smartarrse, but isn't that what China is trying to do by building islands in the sea and claiming territory from 20-odd neighbours? .
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