Hours after China objected to the visit of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rejected Beijing’s opposition.
Stating that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India, the MEA said “Indian leaders routinely travel to the State as they do to any other state of India”. India once again called on Beijing to work for the speedy resolution of the standoff on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Naidu recently visited Arunachal Pradesh as part of a tour of the Northeast and addressed a special session of the state assembly in Itanagar on October 9.
Speaking to the state-run media, Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said that Beijing doesn’t recognize Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to visits to the region by Indian leaders.
“We reject such comments made by the Chinese official spokesperson. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to a state of India does not stand to reason and understanding of Indian people,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
Calling Arunachal Pradesh a part of South Tibet, China has been objecting to visits of Indian leaders to the State.
The war of words between both the countries came after the 13th round of Corps Commander level talks on the eastern Ladakh standoff ended in a stalemate.