Arunachal is integral, inalienable: India makes it clear to China

MEA strongly reacts to China’s objections to HM Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

NEW DELHI | Updated: 11 April, 2023 8:45 pm IST
Union Home minister Amit Shah at the Walong War Memorial in Arunachal Pradesh

India on Tuesday slammed back China’s objection to Union Home minister Amit Shah’s visit to a border village in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India,” the Ministry of External Affairs said after a Chinese government official objected to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the northeastern state.

In response to media queries regarding the Chinese official spokesperson’s comments on the recent visit of the Home Minister of India to Arunachal Pradesh, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We completely reject the comments made by the Chinese official spokesperson. Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other state of India.”

India’s response on Tuesday comes after Beijing objected to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said, “Zangnan is China’s territory and Indian officials’ activities in this area violate China’s sovereignty and (are) not conducive to peace and tranquility in the border regions. We firmly oppose it.”

Reiterating its stance, the MEA said, “Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always remain an integral and inalienable part of India. Objecting to such visits does not stand to reason and will not change the above reality.”

Amit Shah, on Monday, gave a clear message to China from the border village of Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh and said no one can dare cast an evil eye on India’s territorial integrity and encroach on even “an inch of our land”. He said that the era when anyone could encroach on the borderlands of India is over.

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