Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday was an irregular exchange between China and India. The Chinese Foreign Ministry opposed PM Modi’s visit to Arunachal saying he “resolutely opposes” the activities of Indian leaders in the region.
In response to China’s objection to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the northeastern state, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said the state is “an integral and inalienable part of India.” Modi’s visit was part of a series of public meetings in the region aimed at gaining support for the Bharatiya Janata Party before the elections to be held in May.
“The state of Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. “Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, while visiting other parts of India … This constant position has been transmitted to the Chinese side on several occasions,” the ANI news agency quoted MEA as saying.
Despite recent efforts to improve bilateral relations in both countries, disputes over the mountainous border of Indochina, which unleashed a war in 1962, and the region that China claims that southern Tibet remains a sensitive issue.
“China urges the Indian side to proceed from the general situation of bilateral relations, respect the interests and concerns of China, appreciate the impulse to improve relations between the two countries and refrain from any action that intensifies the disputes and complicates the issue of the border, “said the country. Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
On Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India did not immediately respond to a request for comments.
Both India and China have tried to rebuild confidence after an armed confrontation on a stretch of the Himalayan border in 2017. Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met several times last year to boost trade talks. But the progress, according to officials of the government of India and representatives of several commercial organizations of India, has been very slow.