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China protests PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh 

"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the disputed area," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: February 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Narendra Modi, PM Modi in Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh China tension, Arunachal China dispute, Doklam, Indian Express Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that China and India had reached important consensus on properly managing disputes, and the two sides were working to resolve the territorial disputes through negotiation and consultation. (AP Photo/File)

China on Thursday voiced its “firm opposition” to the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims as part of South Tibet and said it would lodge a diplomatic protest with India. “China’s position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang in response to reports that Modi visited Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. “The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the disputed area,” Geng was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

“We will lodge stern representations with the Indian side,” he said. Geng said that China and India had reached important consensus on properly managing disputes, and the two sides were working to resolve the territorial disputes through negotiation and consultation. “The Chinese side urges the Indian side to honour its commitment and abide by the relevant consensus, and refrain from taking any action that may complicate the boundary question,” Geng said.

“(These three areas) located between the illegal ‘McMahon Line’ and the traditional customary boundary between China and India, have always been Chinese territory,” he said in the Xinhua report, adding that the ‘McMahon Line’ drawn by Britain in 1914 was an attempt to incorporate the areas into Indian territory. He urged India to cherish the hard-won momentum of improvements in bilateral relations and create enabling conditions for the boundary talks and the development of bilateral relations.

China routinely protests visits by Indian leaders to Arunachal Pradesh and reiterates its claims over the state. The India-China border dispute stretches across 3,488 kms. Both sides have held 20 rounds of talks so far through their Special Representatives to resolve the issue.

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  1. Bangalore Gowda
    Feb 15, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    China is claiming arunachal is disputed area.belongs to them.if so India must give reply in a same style.that Beijing is disputed area belongs to INDIA.
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      B Prahlad
      Feb 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm
      China is talking as though Arunachal Praesh is not integral part of India. The present stubborn Government is making them restless. It should be retaliated in the same tone and tenorr.
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        Ramchandran
        Feb 15, 2018 at 6:48 pm
        Chinese are becoming a headache now. Hereafter, if they continue to protest visit by any Indian ministers, India should question the annexation of Tibet and repudiate one china policy as a for tat.
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        1. harsh kumarf
          Feb 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm
          will there be any response from indian side this time or not ?? atleast have some shame and reply with stern words ??? what is this govt doing ??? all talk and nothing to show ,,, is all your bravery and sterness reserved only against that pathetic pakistan ,,,
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            muzafar
            Feb 16, 2018 at 1:17 pm
            pathetic indians u r sick, inda can attack smaller neighbors and will in front od China!
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          2. Narendra M. Apte
            Feb 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm
            1. China has repeatedly made a claim on entire Arunachal Pradesh (AP), which it calls ‘Southern Tibet’. I feel that China actually desires that India should accept that it is a far superior military power. To prove that it can use its military power to terrorise India, China had in past objected to visit of His Highness Dalai Lama to AP. Now it is making a protest about our PM’s visit to AP. We should simply ignore such protests. 2. China thinks that it is a military super power and we should negotiate China’s claim on AP. It is obvious that once we start negotiations on such outrageous territorial claims, more Chinese demands will follow. This is a very clever trap. As usual, Chinese media, which is part of Chinese government, has not wasted this opportunity to warn India of dire consequences.
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