China remarks on Antony’s Arunachal visit serious: India

A day after China reacted sharply to Defence Minister A K Antony’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh,India said it took this matter “seriously”,asserting Beijing had “no rights” to interfere in its domestic affairs

Written by Press Trust Of India | Bangalore | Published: February 27, 2012 3:39 am

A day after China reacted sharply to Defence Minister A K Antony’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh,India on Sunday said it took this matter “seriously”,asserting Beijing had “no rights” to interfere in its domestic affairs.

Defending Antony’s visit to the northeastern state on the border with China last week,External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said “India will not tolerate external interference of China into the Indian territorial affairs”.

Reminding China that “all seven states in northeastern parts of India are part and parcel of India,Krishna said: “China has no rights to make adverse remarks on Antony’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh.”

India has taken the Chinese remarks “seriously” and it would take up the issue with Beijing at an appropriate forum,he added. Krishna also said it was not the first visit to the state by Antony.

Reacting to Antony’s visit to Arunachal’s statehood celebrations,China said India should refrain from taking any action that could “complicate” the border issue. Its Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei “asked India to work with China to maintain peace and stability in border areas”,state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

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